This was in the Union Leader today... What a major bummer!
Manchester Baldwins On Elm, one of the citys premier restaurants, has shut its doors after five years.
Due to many circumstances beyond our control, the restaurant is closed for business, said a recording on the restaurants answering machine yesterday. Thank you very much for the last five years.
A sign announcing the closing was on the door of the 1105 Elm St. eatery.
I think its a loss for the downtown neighborhood in particular because Baldwins is known to be one of the finest restaurants downtown, said Stephanie Lewry, executive director of Intown Manchester.
Every meal I ever ate there was perfectly done and out-of-this-world delicious, Lewry said, describing the meals as high-end gourmet food.
Restaurant owner/chef Nathan Baldwin couldnt be reached yesterday. Attorney Stephen Patterson said he had done some work for the restaurant and was not aware of its decision to close.
Ed Aloise was a partner in the restaurant up until four months ago when his restaurant consulting business grew busier.
I dont know what the fiscal reasons were if there were fiscal reasons, he said of the restaurants demise. When I left four months ago, he was doing fine.
The restaurant received the Wine Spectator 2004 Award of Excellence and the AAA Four Diamond Award.
I think he taught Manchester a lot about what good food is, Aloise said. The loss is going to be felt within the hospitality community and the people who were patrons of his restaurant.