Exeter, New Hampshire gets a new, but familiar restaurant: Rue


Exeter, New Hampshire is getting a brand new restaurant called Rue according to a Lifestylee article.

This ad first caught my attention when I was on one of the websites for Street, the coolest restaurant in Portsmouth, New Hampshire:

“We look forward to being part of the Exeter community! We plan to open in Spring 2022 at 8 Clifford Street. If you would like to be part of our team, please complete one of the forms below.”

If you live by the sea and you haven’t had Street, you need it. This is one of the most authentic and creative street food restaurants you will find.

My opinion of good food doesn’t matter much; however, Street has enough clout to brag about themselves. They have been featured on the Phantom Gourmet, Drive-ins Diners and Dives (Season 25, Episode 6), and The Best Things in New Hampshire, according to their website.

Patrick Ballentyne, one of Street’s dishwashers almost 10 years ago, recently went from dishwasher to co-owner. With new ownership coming out and Street’s recognizable growth, it was time to expand their eclectic street food to other parts of New England.

New location: Exeter, NH.

This new, second location, will open where the former Blue Moon Evolution restaurant once stood.

“The building has smart bones and is thoroughly modern with wonderful power,” part-owner Jay McSharry told Lifestylee. “Blue Moon has been just wonderful for Exeter and has brought energy to the city and to the space. I think Exeter can deliver that.”

Rue will have a similar menu to Portsmouth’s Street. This will include empanadas, cemitas, Korean bibimbap, Vietnamese bowls, and more.

“Exeter has a lot of young families and then there are the academics and teachers at Phillips Academy who I think will appreciate it,” McSharry told Lifestylee. “We’ve got bigger tables for meetings…the decor will be great like in Portsmouth for dining and we’ll be setting up a bigger bar.”

Exeter, you get a phenomenal restaurant with Rue. I’ll see you there, I promise.

Rue is expected to open in May 2022.

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