Revitalizing The Rosa

 

The renaissance on State Street continues with the recent acquisition and renovation of The Rosa.  The Rosa has long been a fixture in Portsmouth’s ever-changing restaurant scene since its doors opened in 1927.

I’m excited to see what the fresh take on the restaurant and the space will be, it’s been fun watching the progress made on the structure inside so far.

The Common Man | Portsmouth (Uncommon NH Dining)

I thought I’d mix it up a bit today and feature one of my favorite hanging signs.  The Common Man took over the former Victory Restaurant at 96 State Street during 2009, in the historic district near Prescott Park and the Memorial Bridge.  I just love the size of the sign and the blue of the sky against the bricks of the building and the subtlety of the lighting on the sign.  This one is an interesting contrast to the neon sign (another favorite) of The Rosa just across the street – which I’ve included below.

Rebuilding Portsmouth | State Street

State Street continues along with its facelift, with scaffolding now in place between The Rosa and the new mixed-use building next door.  Sidewalks are once again intact, and the city continues with the infrastructure improvements beneath the pavement.  In another twelve months, State Street will have brick walkways and period lighting similar to Market Street.  It will be even more inviting to walk down to Prescott Park and the waterfront along the Memorial Bridge.

For a view of the sidewalk under construction, visit HERE.

Rebuilding Portsmouth | State Street

State Street continues along with its facelift, with scaffolding now in place between The Rosa and the new mixed-use building next door.  Sidewalks are once again intact, and the city continues with the infrastructure improvements beneath the pavement.  In another twelve months, State Street will have brick walkways and period lighting similar to Market Street.  It will be even more inviting to walk down to Prescott Park and the waterfront along the Memorial Bridge.

For a view of the sidewalk under construction, visit HERE.

State Street | The Rosa

State Street is a changing place these days.  The City has undertaken infrastructure improvement efforts to the section closest to the Piscataqua River, private investment has purchased and developed (or is in the process of developing) several buildings in the historic portion between Pleasant Street and Prescott Park.  This shot captures the prominent sign for The Rosa Restaurant, a State Street institution for many years now – and also some temporary fencing and brick walkway.  By the end of the summer, the City will have fixed the guts of the street under the pavement and will also replace the walkways with new bricks and implement some period street lighting.  It will be another appreciated improvement to the City and the businesses on State Street.

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