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Portsmouth Heating & Plumbing


In 1906, the Portsmouth Heating and Plumbing Company was located at 72 State Street. The business was founded on the reputations of three well known gentlemen. In their advertisement they state, "George D. Richardson was a native of Vermont but educated in New Hampshire schools. C. H. Paul was born and educated in Eliot, Maine. He was a representative to the legislature for one term and a town alderman for 2 term. Fred Leach was born and educated in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. All three members of the company are numbered in Portsmouth's circle of leading and most progressive business men, and are highly regarded in our city, both personally and commercially."


Today, there is no 72 State Street. Three old building addresses have been combined in one address for its sole proprietor, The Rosa Restaurant. The only address is 80 State Street. Rosa's (as it is familiarly referred to) was established in 1927. Its advertisement states it is "the oldest continuously operated restaurant in Portsmouth is an established first class Italian-American restaurant. Dine in a relaxed New England setting featuring a menu that includes traditional Italian fare as well as an extensive selection of contemporary cuisine. This 250 seat restaurant features five cozy dining rooms (four are non-smoking, three with working fire places), it's own parking lot directly across the street, and function rooms for groups of up to 50 people. The full menu is available for take out."

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