Ryan McGovern Michael Rossa

Ryan McGovern (left) and Michael Rossa opened their bar and restaurant, The Mooring, in Manchester this week.

In one of the more highly anticipated openings, The Mooring on Central Street held a “soft open” for friends and family, giving them a peek into Manchester’s newest bar and restaurant in the spot formerly (r.i.p.) inhabited by Superfine and, for decades before that, The Coffee Cup. 

The brick interior is the same, and that’s where the similarities end.  Partners Michael Rossa (above, right) and Ryan McGovern (left) expanded bar to make it the unmistakable center of the place, easily and comfortably seating up to 20 people.  There’s a limited but very serious menu, crafted by McGovern, a Manchester local and chef who cut his culinary teeth in the kitchens of Foreign Affairs, L’Espellier and Feather & Wedge, among others.   (Try the lobster dumplings or honey chili fried chicken.)  

For now, hours are 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday thru Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday thru Sunday.  Closed on  Mondays.  

We’ll do a write up in a couple of weeks, once The Mooring gets its sea legs (yuk, yuk).  Congratulations boys.