101 Grille opens at Seacoast United Sports Complex

EPPING – Rebecca Moniz and her husband Timothy are the new owners of the food court inside the Seacoast United sports complex.

The couple recently opened The 101 Grille and client by client they are building yet another dining option for the area, in an unlikely setting.

The restaurant occupies the space of the indoor sports complex formerly occupied by Lexie’s.

“Our vision is first and foremost local,” said Tim. “We want to source our ingredients 50 to 100 miles and be as ‘scratched’ as possible. “

Tim calls their menu “New American” with an Italian twist.

“Our chef is Sicilian, so he’s good at preparing dishes like pork and ricotta meatballs. “

From left to right, Timothy and Rebecca Moniz are the owners of 101 Grille, a full service restaurant located in the Seacoast United Sports Complex in Epping.

A lifelong dream comes true

Tim said he always wanted to own his own restaurant. He started in the restaurant industry as a 14-year-old dishwasher at the Sheraton Ferncroft in Danvers, Mass., Where he rose through the ranks to sous-chef and held other positions. in the hotel. He worked for other companies, including a stint as a reception manager for a yacht club, before leaving the restaurant business in 2016 to work in the vending industry, first selling snacks and soda, then moving on to coffee.

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Rebecca Moniz, originally from Fairfax, Virginia, worked as a music teacher in public schools. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, she decided to reorient her career and worked managing a Chick-fil-A in Woburn, Massachusetts, before joining Tim in the vending machine business.

It was the couple’s vending machine business that got them to open the restaurant.

Tim said they provide coffee vending services to several facilities owned by Dave Geaslen’s 3STEP sports management company.

When Geaslen bought the facilities from Seacoast United, he asked Tim if he wanted to take over the restaurant space.

Seacoast United’s plan was always to have a restaurant at the facility, Tim explained. The owner of Lexie’s owners pulled out during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Food that will make you crack

101 Grille had a smooth opening on November 17th and a grand opening on November 19th.

Tim said chef Frank Barrese comes up with flavor combinations that “will knock your socks off.”

Barrese has created a line of flatbreads that are already Seacoast favorites, including Flatbread 101 (smoker’s bacon, ricotta, caramelized onions, tater tots, grana padano, and thyme). A meatball flatbread includes homemade meatballs, crushed tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, caramelized onions, and basil. They also produce a version of tater tots called “Totchos,” or nachos tater tot, with cheese, smoked bacon, green onions and a drizzle of ranch dressing.

The Smokey Burger features Pineland Farms beef, smoked maple cheddar, smoked bacon, smoked garlic aioli and pickles.

The Smokey Burger features Pineland Farms beef, smoked maple cheddar, smoked bacon, smoked garlic aioli and pickles.

Rebecca said she recommends the fried Brussels sprouts with a creamy shallot dressing and also with bacon.

“Bacon,” she said, “makes any dish better.”

A customer favorite, she said, is the Hot Nashville Chicken Sandwich, served with roasted peach coleslaw.

Chef Frank Barrese offers flavor combinations that will make you

Chef Frank Barrese offers flavor combinations that “will blow your mind,” according to 101 Grille owner Timothy Moniz.

Other dishes on the menu include charcuterie boards and a vegan burger, called the Green Monster. They also paid homage to football with an Argentinian hot dog, the Maradona, named after the late Argentinian football star.

A space for everyone

The 101 Grille has four dining rooms: the bar, the indoor dining room, an outdoor terrace and a mezzanine terrace where parents can watch their children play sports.

The outdoor patio has 30 seats, and the Monizs look forward to better weather so their customers can dine outside. They plan to bring a slush machine, Tim said, and their general manager AJ Merritt will be responsible for creating the slushy flavors for both kids and adults.

The 101 Grille recently opened in the Seacoast United sports complex in Epping.

The 101 Grille recently opened in the Seacoast United sports complex in Epping.

There are a total of 140 seats and the Moniz aims to fill them all, from soccer moms and dads to adults who want a night out on the town. They also took responsibility from the concession stand to the facility. On tournament days they will offer breakfast sandwiches, muffins and donuts in the morning and close at noon. The usual restaurant will open at 11:30 am on these days.

The Moniz plan to offer online ordering, from 2022, to make it easier for their athletic parents.

“Some people have five children in five different sports,” observed Rebecca. The tournament season begins in March and the Moniz expects to see 4,000-8,000 people.

They also want to make the bar a nightlife destination, with quizzes and stand-up comedies, Tim said.

They remain satisfied and a little surprised by the reception so far. While new customers might not find the Shirkin Road location too far away, they’re surprised to see a full-service restaurant at a sports facility, Rebecca thought to herself.

“They’ll say, ‘I didn’t know it was here.'”

On weeknights, their clientele is around 80% locals looking for a good meal or a quiet drink. On weekends, the dining room is filled with parents and young athletes.

Current hours are Monday through Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 11:30 am to 10:30 pm The restaurant is located at 88 Shirking Road. Call (603) 734-2273 or email [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: 101 Grille Restaurant Opens at Seacoast United Sports Complex in Epping NH

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