By Piper Browne
Nicholas Seafood and Grille, a new restaurant recently opened in Manchester at 40 Beach Street, has hopes of sticking around longer than previous businesses in the same location.
The restaurant has a tasty mix of seafood and other American cuisine, offering soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, beef, seafood, and dessert. The wide variety of foods, great atmosphere, and friendly staff all prove to be very promising for the new restaurant.
Nicholas’ has moderate prices and is able to compete with other restaurants in town such as The Landing and Cala’s. One can get a soup or a salad for $5 to $8 and a burger, sandwich, or other entrée for under $20.
The swordfish entrée was flavorful and crisp while the delicious key lime pie was tangy and light. The clam chowder was a perfect blend of clams and potatoes, and the haddock special was unique with tomato and basil surrounding it.
The restaurant has a commodious location near the train, harbor, beach, and shopping area and should attract many tourists in the summer with outside seating. It has ample parking, including handicap parking spaces, and is wheelchair accessible.
Nicholas Seafood and Grille offers a warm and inviting atmosphere with a Christmas tree up for the holidays, lights surrounding the room, and comfortable table and chairs. It’s perfect for families because of the wide variety of foods and the additional kids menu. The bar and restaurant are separated enough so neither are intrusive of the other, but both are easily accessible.
Although not technically family-owned, the staff are mostly family. Marcia O’Brian owns the restaurant. Her brother-in-law brings the fresh lobsters, and her nephew supplies the fresh clams. Both of her sisters work on the staff, and the new head chef, Manny Marques, is O’Brian’s cousin.
Prior to working at Nicholas’, Marques spent 15 years working for the popular restaurant The Gull in Gloucester. He then spent five years at the Gloucester House and eight to nine years at Woodman’s, according to O’Brian.
While The Landing and Cala’s have recently been taken over by their bars, Nicholas’ still remains a family restaurant, enticing for all ages. One can enjoy a quality and well-priced meal while being entertained by their full bar and wonderful staff.