Manchester restaurant's giveaway lands customers free burgers for a year

By KEVIN LANDRIGAN
New Hampshire Union Leader
September 01. 2017 10:01PM
Lara Pare, from Manchester, plays ball with her son Liam, 4, after winning burgers for a year during a soft opening of Bonfire Restaurant & Country Bar in Manchester on Friday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

MANCHESTER — Carly Moses, a dental hygienist who lives in of Bow, spotted the promotion on Facebook two weeks ago.

The public soft opening of Bonfire Restaurant & Country Bar, a theme restaurant in downtown Manchester, was offering one tasty prize if you were one of the first 100 people standing outside when the doors opened for the first time at 4 p.m. Friday.

They all won bar coupons worth a hamburger every single week for the next year.

“The majority of the people in the first 100 showed up very early this morning,” said manager Candi Wilke.

But Moses was aiming higher, hoping the contents of winning that “Golden Bag” as the very first one in line would be worth the effort.

So she showed up outside the 950 Elm St. eatery at 5:45 p.m. the day before.

And Moses got her wish after spending the entire night in Manchester’s downtown all alone.

“I was a little concerned; my fiancee was a lot more worried about it than I was,” Moses said about her all-night experience. “It seemed like a fun thing to do and I’m glad I did it; I’m a little sleep deprived right now but still glad.”

Inside that golden bag were four VIP passes to an upcoming concert by Frankie Ballard, a Country & Western sensation; a $300 gift card to the restaurant; two coupons worth a burger for the next year; and plenty of other coupons and free promotional prizes.

Moses admits she was delighted to see her runners-up in line, mother Patti Lagrow of Hooksett and her son Cory Strout of Litchfield, show up at 5 a.m. Friday.

“When it comes to country, there aren’t a lot of good bar options around Manchester so I think this is going to do real well,” Lagrow shouted above the din of several hundred patrons who showed up for the soft opening.

The first Bonfire opened in Portland, Maine, and became known for its free bacon on Wednesday, cheap food and beer specials with tractor chairs for bar stools and saddles and swinging barrels around its tables.

The Grand Opening for Manchester’s newest spot is set for Sept. 15 and both Ballard and Joseph Gallant Music are scheduled to perform.

klandrigan@unionleader.com


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