Takeout, delivery and drive-thru eateries in NH are thriving amid pandemic – WMUR Manchester

The pandemic caused many restaurants in our area to shut down for good. But some already had a unique business model in place that has helped them grow.Pressed Café in Nashua is not only thriving — it’s expanding.“We were also already kind of set up for this. We do a big to-go business. That’s what we do, kind of fine dining to go, quick service,” said owner Roi Shpindler. Pressed has two locations in Nashua and two in Massachusetts, serving up fresh and healthy food fast.Pressed has 200 team members and will be bringing on many more with the opening of new locations. That includes the Prudential Center in Boston, and it also includes more locations in New Hampshire, like in Salem and in Bedford, where Canoe closed earlier this year.“We really did have a lot of people reach out from different communities where they feel there’s this void where they can’t go get something quick and fresh,” Shpindler said.It’s also been a busy year for deliveries.After a dip at the start of the pandemic, TJ’s Deli in Nashua is seeing a big boost.“A lot of deliveries. The guys are great. I’ve got good drivers — they’re in and out all day,” said owner Frank Guarino. “It’s been great because of the sales and taking care of our patrons, our good customers and stuff,” he added. “But it’s been rough on my staff.”Guarino said he is looking to bring on additional staff due to the high demand.“My wife, my son Frankie, my daughter Nicole, they’ve done nothing but step up. And my staff, can’t say enough about them. So without that, I don’t think we’d be so successful,” he said.

The pandemic caused many restaurants in our area to shut down for good. But some already had a unique business model in place that has helped them grow.

Pressed Café in Nashua is not only thriving — it’s expanding.

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“We were also already kind of set up for this. We do a big to-go business. That’s what we do, kind of fine dining to go, quick service,” said owner Roi Shpindler.

Pressed has two locations in Nashua and two in Massachusetts, serving up fresh and healthy food fast.

Pressed has 200 team members and will be bringing on many more with the opening of new locations. That includes the Prudential Center in Boston, and it also includes more locations in New Hampshire, like in Salem and in Bedford, where Canoe closed earlier this year.

“We really did have a lot of people reach out from different communities where they feel there’s this void where they can’t go get something quick and fresh,” Shpindler said.

It’s also been a busy year for deliveries.

After a dip at the start of the pandemic, TJ’s Deli in Nashua is seeing a big boost.

“A lot of deliveries. The guys are great. I’ve got good drivers — they’re in and out all day,” said owner Frank Guarino.

“It’s been great because of the sales and taking care of our patrons, our good customers and stuff,” he added. “But it’s been rough on my staff.”

Guarino said he is looking to bring on additional staff due to the high demand.

“My wife, my son Frankie, my daughter Nicole, they’ve done nothing but step up. And my staff, can’t say enough about them. So without that, I don’t think we’d be so successful,” he said.