Cafe Espresso opening in Dover, Kelley’s moves to Somersworth


Café Espresso, a long-time fixture of Portsmouth, is opening a second location in downtown Dover. Owner David Hadwen plans to open his new café this spring at 471 Central Ave., former site of the Fish Shanty.

The existing Café Espresso location is in the 800 Islington St. plaza in Portsmouth. The breakfast restaurant offers eggs, pancakes, waffles, French toast, pastries, coffee, and more. The café also hosts poetry hoots and has occasionally welcomed presidential candidates around primary season.

The Fish Shanty closed last year, and Hadwen bought the building around the same time. He hopes to open the new café in May.

Meanwhile, a former staple of Central Avenue has reopened in Somersworth. Kelley’s Row, which shut down its Dover location last summer following a flooding incident, reopened in early March at 417 Route 108, former site of Sumner Country Restaurant & Creamery.

Kelley’s closed last August after a construction project on First Street caused a sewer main to back up, flooding both Kelley’s and Blue Latitudes Bar & Grill. Blue Latitudes has since reopened, but Kelley’s was forced to move.

The new Kelley’s site serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and hosts occasional live entertainment.