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Saffron Bistro Closing As of May 18

Open letter announcing the news from the restaurant.

May 16, 2013:

The Saffron Bistro is sad to announce it’s closing after six wonderful years of business.  The local downtown restaurant known for its young and talented Owner/Executive Chef Joe Drift could not come to terms with a new lease agreement and has decided to close its doors. It will leave behind a legacy of delicious, chef-inspired cuisine and fun memories of local business owners and the “Cheers” like atmosphere that they have created.

“I would like to thank Nashua for six wonderful years! It is sad to see it come to an end, but I am thankful for the people who have truly supported us through the years. I have made lifelong friends through this endeavor and those people will remain close to me as the year’s progress. I met my wife here and thank her dearly for all the love and support she gave my dreams. I could not have done it without her hard work. My mother has been by my side every step of the way. She has been my biggest cheerleader throughout the years. Without her, my dream of owning my own restaurant would have never come true and I thank her immensely for that. She is one of the strongest women that I know and I can’t begin to show her enough appreciation for all the work she has put in over the years.

I will miss the tightknit community that I have come to know here in Nashua and the support of many local businesses. A special thank you to Philip and Amalia Scontsas of Scontsas Fine Jewelry & Home Decor for the amazing love and support throughout the years. Thank you to Cheryl Plunkett and her husband Bruce of Fresh of Nashua for your friendship and the great things we have done together. Thank you to Jim Lespasio and Greg Stevens of Stella Blu for always being there!  Thank you to all of Downtown Nashua who have shown us the true meaning of the word community.

I couldn’t have done it without my amazing staff, including my Executive Sous Chef Jon Talbot. He has been an amazing asset to my restaurant. Without him I would have never been able to do what I do. I have seen him grow and develop into a great leader and innovative chef. Most everyone has been with me for years now, and even those who are newer have become part of the team. My staff was my backbone; they supported the restaurant by providing nothing but the best service & always worked their hardest. They are ALL amazing people who I am so thankful for!

My years here have not been wasted.  I have been able to gain more knowledge and experience than any college degree could have ever prepared me for. Having the opportunity to open a restaurant at 27 years old was a blessing and I have learned so much throughout the years and have no regrets.

I will continue to do what I love, just not in Nashua. Back in November of 2012 I was given an opportunity to team up with my partner Jeff Dudley and join him as the Executive Chef of 11Eleven Bistro in Manchester, NH. We have worked together over the last few years at Saffron Bistro and with my passion for cooking equal to his we teamed up to launch this new restaurant.

I am excited to see where this new chapter will take me, I am sad to see one come to an end, but I am so grateful for the people I have met along the way and I would not change that for the world!”

Chef Joe Drift

Ricardo Bauer May 16, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Another blow to Nashua's declining Main Street, it will be sorely missed. I imagine another gin mill or tattoo parlor will take it's place adding to Nashua's decomposing image.
R. Scott White May 16, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Geez, how much was that lease? SB was a thriving business. Nashua owners need to stop committing suicide.
Dave MacLaughlin May 16, 2013 at 01:38 PM
A very sad day and tremendous loss to our City. Saffron was a major asset to Main Street and a significant draw to downtown.
Susan Macneil May 16, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Sad to see you leave Nashua, but will watch for the opening of your new Bistro in Manchester.
Janice Arcaro May 16, 2013 at 03:09 PM
So sad to see Saffron Bistro closing. Joe, you are such an incredible person! And your journey is amazing! I am sure having gone to 11eleven that you will have even greater success there. Best of luck always!
Dan May 16, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Ricardo: I couldn't agree more. I would suggest EVERYONE who is upset with the number of bars going up on Main Street, and are sick of the drunken crimes and stupidity, would write something in response to the drunken stupidity, and return Nashua to some form of class with decent places to eat and shop at. Otherwise this city will be overrun with tattoo shops, and watering holes for an element that would destroy our great downtown.
Bev May 16, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Exactly - the more they try to build Downtown up, the more they're ruining it. What does it take to get our elected officials on the right track?
Linda Temperino May 16, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Declining Main St??? Decomposing image??? Where is your head??? Have you walked downtown in the last year to see what is going on?
JimC May 17, 2013 at 12:49 AM
It'd be nice if they'd post this info to their website so people planning ahead for the weekend and beyond would know not to include it in their plans.
Julie Koitzsch May 17, 2013 at 02:29 AM
So sad to see Saffron close. My bff and I will surely miss you Joe and Alyssa and all the wonderful times we had at Saffron. Best of luck in your future ventures. We would love to see you back in Nashua!
Kathy Nelson May 17, 2013 at 02:47 AM
This is just wrong...thanks Joe and Elissa for the great food and good times. We will miss you. Thanks Renee for being the greatest server EVER!! I will especially miss your infused pineapple martinis and smiling faces!!! xxoo
Kim Gebbie May 17, 2013 at 10:11 PM
My husband and I have only been in Nashua for 2 1/2 years but Saffron Bistro became our favorite restaurant almost immediately! I will definitely drive to Manchester to experience the awesome food we enjoyed and will miss the best restaurant in Nashua. Best wishes always.
Seamus Carty May 18, 2013 at 02:37 AM
another victim of the Obama economy...
Diane B May 24, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Really sorry that Saffron Bistro is closed. Thank you for wonderful meals and service. Wishing you the very best at 11Eleven Bistro, and we'll see you there!

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