Putting the Rest in Restaurant

I’m considering spending this winter in a dormant state. I’m not the only one contemplating hibernation; The Music Hall is taking an intermission from live events and some of our favorite local spots are also taking a brief hiatus. But there are many hardy souls who, recognizing the value of constancy and our need for a sliver of normalcy, are bravely carrying on for the rest of us. We thank these folks – and all of the essential employees who are at work – for going out so we can stay in.

While it’s true I’m home, I am still working, so hibernating isn’t truly an option for me. But all this time in the house has made dinner out even more enticing, elevating the value of a restaurant visit whether I stay or get something to go. If you’re in the same boat, the next time you grab a menu or hit the streets, consider supporting those who support The Music Hall.

I was excited to see that The Music Hall’s happy place, the patio at the Atlantic Grill, is heated and will remain open for lunch and dinner all winter long. The River House is open, too, even if you just want to grab a chowder and go. Portwalk Place offers an array of options: think fried pickles from BRGR Bar, coconut soup from Green Elephant, or a sweet potato burrito from Dos Amigos. I can still indulge in a cemita from STREET (or something fried and delicious like the picture), spicy curry mussels from The Portsmouth Brewery, duck cassoulet from CR’s the Restaurant, a croque monsieur from La Maison Navarre, braised beef poutine from The Wilder, or a wagyu flat iron steak from Toscana Italian Chophouse & Wine Bar. Mmmm. 

Am I making you hungry? Head to the Restaurant section of our Playbill 2020-21 Participant Directory for inspiration and direct web links. 

Give yourself a rest and patronize a restaurant, or consider investing in gift certificates at those restaurants that are hibernating. We’re all in this together and we’re going to have to work together to get to the other side, so love your neighbor, enjoy a meal prepared by someone else, and be sure to tell them Hello from The Music Hall!