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Our Story

Chefs and Co-Owners of The Kitchen Restaurant Group, Matthew Greco and Michael Prete met in 2010. With over 20 years in the industry and both seeking out their own restaurant in the Portsmouth area joined forces and stumbled on a spot on Islington Street famous for over 20 years as a neighborhood staple sandwich shop called, ‘Celebrity Sandwich’. May of 2011 they opened up ‘The Kitchen on Islington’ in Portsmouth, NH.

Still focusing on sandwiches, they offer slightly outside the box lunch and corporate catering honing in on scratch cooking and creative spins on comfort fare. The menu grew as did the hours and The Kitchen is currently open 7 days a week offering lunch and dinner until 9:00. The following year, Michael and Matt purchased a food truck, then catering grew to the point where a dedicated kitchen was needed, so Portsmouth Catering Co. was born and situated in Hampton, NH. Then with bar services in demand along with catering, Hawthorne & Tapper Mixology was born to offer amazing craft cocktails.

Behind every great chef team is an amazing crew. The Kitchen, Hawthorne & Tapper Mixology, and Portsmouth Catering Co. would not be the same without their dedicated talented staff.