Is There Really Only One 24/7 Restaurant Left in New Hampshire?
Back in the day, there were a decent amount of restaurants that were open 24/7. If you had a craving for fried chicken and waffles in the middle of the night, you had options of where you wanted to go to consume that delicacy.
Restaurants that are open 24/7 always thrive in college towns, because college kids have the strangest sleep and eating schedules. I remember during my time at UMass Amherst, we would always hit up the Route 9 after a late night of cramming for a test, or more likely partying. I love a place that offers a full pasta dinner (with soup and a salad) at 2 am.
For the most part, 24-hour restaurants have become a thing of the past. Our archnemesis, Covid, transformed how many businesses operate, especially the restaurant industry. Staffing has become a huge obstacle, and restaurants are having a hard enough time finding kitchen and waitstaff for daytime hours, never mind the overnight shift.
If my research is correct, aside from a few 24 hour McDonald's, Dunkins, and gas stations, the only place that you can grab a meal 24 hours a day in New Hampshire is the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester (their Concord, Londonderry, and Nashua locations are open from 5:30 am to 10 pm).
If I am wrong and there is another restaurant in the Granite state open 24/7, let a sister know.
I'll never forget my first time at the Red Arrow Diner back in 2017. When the staff found out I was a first-timer, they rang a bell and made me wear this sticker (it was a whole thing!).
I made it a point to order the most ridiculous, carb-loaded item they had to offer, which was a meatball sub with spaghetti on the sandwich. I also got mac and cheese as a side just because I could. As you can imagine, I took a big fat nap when I got home.
Fun fact: Did you know that there's a booth with my name on it at the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester? I can't believe they think I am important enough for such an honor, but it is by far one of the coolest things about me. I tell people at parties and strangers I meet on the street.
If New Hampshire is going to have only one 24-hour restaurant option in the state, I'm glad it's the Red Arrow Diner, because that place is epic.
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