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Copper Door® has been making news. We have been featured in The Boston Globe, The Hippo Press, The Union Leader, New Hampshire Magazine, Best of the Hippo, Phantom Gourmet and more!


Featured on: Great Bourbon Bars of America

American Bourbon Association

July 11, 2017

Copper Door is proudly featured as one of the best 'Great Bourbon Bars of America'.

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New England Real Estate Journal's Project of the Month

Fulcrum Associates Selected to Build 8,000 s/f Copper Door Restaurant in Salem

April 7, 2017

Building on the success of the Bedford location, the Copper Door concept has been waiting in the wings for Boucher to determine where and when the time was right to launch the second location. After exploring numerous potential locations, the new 8,000 s/f restaurant will be constructed on the site of the former Weathervane Restaurant at 41 South Broadway. The new eatery is designed to fill a void between casual and fine dining in the Salem market.

Fulcrum Associates Selected to Build 8,000 s/f Copper Door Restaurant in Salem

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Union Leader Business

Second Copper Door Location Coming to Salem, Fall 2017

January 26, 2017

A second Copper Door is coming! Plans are underway to build an entire new facility patterned after the first Copper Door. The new location is scheduled to be built and open by the fall of 2017.

"We've really done our homework," said Great NH Restaurants CEO Tom Boucher. "We feel this location will be perfect for our Copper Door concept and a great complement to our T-Bones Great American Eatery concept, also located nearby. The greater Salem area is posed for tremendous growth in the next few years and we want to be a part of it." Also, nearby is the former 170-acre Rockingham Park racetrack property, which Joseph Faro, owner of the Tuscan Brands restaurant chain, recently bought for $40 million, with plans to build a massive commercial/residential development.

The new restaurant will replace the Weathervane restaurant, which has stood at the 41 S. Broadway site for 30 years, said Terry Gagner, owner of the property. "We are saddened by this closure," said Gagner, but the fact that "another locally operated restaurant group will be further developing the property contributed greatly to our difficult decision."

Anxious for the opening? Come by the Bedford location or take a virtual tour to see what's coming to Salem!


Scary Good Fundraiser

Copper Door raises $11,400 for FEEDNH.org

November 4, 2016

BEDFORD, NH –The Copper Door Restaurant in Bedford hosted Wicked Scary Week from October 24 to 31, as a fundraiser for FEEDNH.org, a Great NH Restaurants’ Charitable Trust.

Diners could order from the Wicked Scary Prix Fixe Menu or enjoy a glass of spooky sangria. Five Dollars of every Wicked Scary Menu item ordered was donated to FEEDNH.org. In addition to the “scary menu” customers made a $20 donation for a chance to spin the prize wheel to earn prizes.

The event raised over $11,400 for FEEDNH.org.


Making A Connection With Food And Life Learning

Manchester School of Technology Students Get First Hand Look at Restaurant Industry

March 14, 2016

Bedford, NH – On April 12, 2016, some 25 enthusiastic Culinary Arts students from Manchester School of Technology tour and get a behind the scenes look at their possible career paths in the hospitality industry provided by Chef Chris Volkmann of the Copper Door Restaurant in Bedford, New Hampshire.

Why is this important? According to the National Restaurant Association, half of all Americans have worked in the industry at some point in their lives. Restaurants provide entry level and first time jobs for our youth and give them valuable lifelong learning on how to work as team.

In 2015, Tom Boucher, CEO of parent company Great NH Restaurants, said that he decided to extend the invitation to the Manchester School of Technology Culinary Special Needs Program after learning about the local technical school’s inclusive programs. At the school, instructors and students from the general population team up with students who have special needs, preparing school breakfasts, snacks and lunches. In doing so, the program encourages children with developmental disabilities to sharpen their skills by exposing them to opportunities in the culinary arts.

“It’s amazing what they do there, I was quite moved. We are so happy to have them back again this year.” - Tom Boucher

Mike Holfelder, a chef instructor at Manchester School of Technology who oversees the Culinary Special Needs Program, said the trip to the Copper Door was truly an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some of his students.

“Last year’s event was so meaningful for the students, we are extremely excited to have the opportunity to do it again this year with even more students, I just can’t thank the Copper Door enough for this truly unique effort.” - Holfelder

The program shows the students that it takes a lot of people to make a restaurant successful. The students tour the “back of the house” prep room, front line and meet staff members. They are introduced to the various staff positions, the different duties of the cooks and wait staff, as well as the various tasks and responsibilities of each. Throughout the tour Chef Volkmann explains how important team work is, creating a positive work environment and respect. Volkmann is a natural at visiting with the youth and not only gives them a tour, but treats them to a delicious 3 course lunch as they talk about the industry. The students are typically filled with great questions. Each student receives a certificate for successfully completing a “Culinary Tour of the Copper Door.” Great NH Restaurants operates five T-BONES Great American Eatery locations: Bedford, Salem, Hudson, Derry and Laconia, two Cactus Jack’s Great West Grill locations: Laconia and Manchester, and the Copper Door Restaurant in Bedford, NH. For more information on the Copper Door Restaurant which is located at 15 Leavy Drive in Bedford, NH.


Copper Door Fundraiser for Mint Bistro

Local Restaurants Lend Support For Those In Need

February 24, 2016

Bedford, NH – The Copper Door invites all to help raise funds for the employees of the Mint Bistro, who are out of work until repairs are made to the Manchester restaurant. Recently, the Mint Bistro was forced to close as a result of pipes freezing in the building. The Copper Door, along with other area restaurants are coming to the aid of the Mint Bistro employees, knowing that they will be without pay for an extended period of time.

On Sunday, February 28th, anyone who donates $10 to this effort will be given the chance to spin the prize wheel and win Copper Door gift certificates ranging from $10 up to $50 to be used on their next visit. 100% of the money raised will go to the employees in need.

The Copper Door is an award-winning restaurant featuring Approachable New American & Upscale Comfort Foods, located at 15 Leavy Drive in Bedford, NH.


National Restaurant Association Honors New Hampshire Restaurateur

Local Restaurants Lend Support For Those In Need

February 24, 2016

Bedford, NH – Tom Boucher, owner and CEO of Great NH Restaurants was honored at the National Restaurant Association Public Affairs conference in Washington DC on May 6th, 2014. Boucher was awarded with the 2013 America’s Restaurant Advocates Advocacy Leadership Award for Independent Restaurants.

Boucher was presented the award for success as an advocate for his business and for the industry as a whole in the state of New Hampshire. Boucher credits his success with advocacy for his restaurants by being on the front lines in his community and actively communicating with the media and legislatures. “I learn so much from being a part of this national platform”, said Boucher, “I am honored that my efforts in New Hampshire help the industry as we face new challenges.”

Great NH Restaurants owns Copper Door Restaurant in Bedford, five T-BONES Great American Eatery locations: Bedford, Salem, Hudson, Derry and Laconia, and two Cactus Jack’s Great West Grill locations: Laconia and Manchester. For more information, visit GreatNHRestaurants.com.


Copper Door Awards & Recognition

Best After-Work Bar in the Greater Manchester Area 2015
Wine Spectator Awards 2014, 2013, 2012
Hospitality Business of the Year Award
Best of NH
Hippo Best of
Featured on Phantom Gourmet

Union Leader - Most Romantic - 1yr

Copper Door Earns Readers' Choice Award for Most Romantic

First date? 50th anniversary dinner? Whether you've just met or already spent a lifetime together, Copper Door ignites the spark between lovers. We are thrilled to be named the Most Romantic restaurant in the state by the Union Leader. Readers' Choice Awards are voted on by residents, like yourself, who want to praise the best bars, restaurants and other businesses in New Hampshire.

We've got a table for two waiting for you. Copper Door's combination of classic character and fine food lets you escape reality alongside your special someone. And for those lovebirds celebrating a big milestone, we've got room for all your friends and family, too!


Parenting NH - Favorite Date Night - 2yrs

Parents of New Hampshire Name Copper Door the Family Favorite Restaurant For Date Night

For the second straight year, Parenting NH named Copper Door as the family-favorite restaurant for date night. When parents finally get a free moment away from the children, we want the night to be *extra* special. Enjoy a glass of wine, savor your favorite dish, and top the night off by sharing one of our homemade desserts. Copper Door has also received the Union Leader Readers' Choice Award for Most Romantic.


NH Business Review - Best After Work Bar Spot - 2yrs

Best After Work Bar for Food & Drinks: Copper Door Restaurant

For the second year running, NH Business Review has named Copper Door the best bar to visit after work. Copper Door's approachable fine dining cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere is perfect for meeting old friends and making new ones. After the clock strikes 5, come on by and get comfortable in the roost, grab a seat at the bar, or, during those warm summer months, enjoy a table on the terrace.

Our 'Be Happy' hours provide a great escape for those early-week work struggles. From 4pm until closing time on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, enjoy draft beer and wine by the glass specials, as well as $12 menu pizzas.

Best of Business (BOB) Awards are presented to New Hampshire's most stand-out businesses: the ones that offer the best customer service, that pay attention to details, that are willing to go above and beyond to ensure an exceptional customer experience. BOB-winning businesses offer nothing less than outstanding products and services.


Best of NH Mag - Favorite Restaurant - Overall - 1yr

Copper Door Voted Favorite Restaurant in New Hampshire By NH Magazine

Each year, NH Magazine readers and editors vote to recognize the best of the best that New Hampshire has to offer. Being considered the best restaurant in New Hampshire is an incredible honor for us. We would like to thank everyone who voted Copper Door as their favorite restaurant in New Hampshire. We'd also like to thank the entire Copper Door team for helping us achieve this honor.

With so many restaurants to choose from in the state, we know it takes a lot to stand out from the rest. From the moment guests enter the arched Copper Door, we want their experience to be special. Everything must come together perfectly to considered the best of the best. We take great pride in our fine dining cuisine, extensive wine menu featured varietals, and special promotions like our 'Be Happy' hours and Copper Club. The relaxed atmosphere of our upscale location is perfect for all types of get-togethers, from after-work drinks with friends to romantic date nights with that special someone.

Can't get enough Copper Door? That's okay, we couldn't either! A second location in Salem has been announced and is scheduled to open in Fall 2017.


Union Leader - Best Nightlife - Martini Bar - 1yr

Best Martini Bar In New Hampshire Awarded To Copper Door Restaurant In Bedford

Shaken? Stirred? Twist? Rocks? Dry? No matter your preference, Copper Door can serve you up the best martini in New Hampshire. We are thrilled to announce that we've been named the Best Nightlife - Martini Bar in New Hampshire by Union Leader readers. Our bartenders are well-versed on all the classics as well as Copper Door specialties like The Copper Door Cosmo and our CU29, our take on a Classic Manhattan. Each month, be sure to try our featured martini, themed specifically for the current month or season. Take a look at this month's featured martini and we'll see you soon!


Wine Spectator - Wine Menu - 5yrs

Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence Goes to Copper Door For Fifth Straight Year

Bedford's own little wine country. Since 2012, Copper Door has been continually recognized for our outstanding wine menu. From pinots to merlots, our extensive wine menu features over varietals. Sandy Rozek, Wine Director, seeks out the best wines available and takes careful consideration to build the perfect wine menu for New Hampshire. Aside from our everyday wine list, our Forks and Corks Dinner Series gives attendees the chance to try custom menus featuring perfect food-to-wine pairings.

The Award of Excellence presented by Wine Spectator goes to wine lists featuring a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Award-winning wine lists deliver sufficient choice to satisfy discerning wine lovers.