Since 1989, Chuck Rolecek has been committed to creating innovative and incredibly popular dining experiences throughout the Granite State. Best known for his highly successful restaurants in and around Manchester, NH—C.R. Sparks and The Hanover Street Chophouse—he also staked an impressive claim as the host of the area’s most prominent and prestigious function facility, The Event Center, hosting high-end social events for businesses, nonprofits, wedding receptions and numerous political receptions, for more than 15 years.
In 2014, after a brief stint as a “retired restaurateur,” Chuck decided it was time to get back into the “biz” and thought the NH Seacoast might be just the right place to make his “comeback!” Knowing the once famous and popular Bonta restaurant might be available—Chuck was a frequent guest over the years, since the restaurant was designed by good friend and internationally acclaimed restaurant architect, Peter Niemitz of Niemitz Design Group—he secured the opportunity to purchase Bonta and with the help of NDG and quickly transformed the Old World Italian decor into a comfortable, warm and inviting replica of a North Country ski lodge complete with a center of the room fieldstone fireplace, large horseshoe bar and an overall ambiance that says “welcome!” And, when Chuck added a farm-to-table creative menu, an award-winning wine list and a Front of the House staff trained to a level of service not yet found in the area, it was just the right formula to boldly say to the Seacoast restaurant aficionado’s “I’m baaack!”
You won’t miss Chuck on your next visit to CR’s. Quite likely he will be chatting and smiling with his friends, guests and first timers, making everyone feel as if they have known him for years!