City Moose Cafe opens downtown

Staff photo by Hannah LaClaire Jason and Stacy Lamountain, owners of the newly opened City Moose Cafe on Temple Street

NASHUA- When Stacy Lamountain was a child, she used to spend summers at her grandfather’s camp in Pittsburg, New Hampshire. The home of Moose Alley, this is one of the best places to spot moose in the country.

“Going moosing” with her grandfather and role model, longtime Nashua business owner Charles Kufeldt, was a big part of her life.

When she and her husband, chef Jason Lamountain decided to open a catering business, they settled on City Moose, the “Moose” as a way to “Pay homage to my grampy,” Lamountain said.

After seeing success in Southern New Hampshire, the couple decided to take their business to the next level and open City Moose Cafe.

City Moose officially opened its doors this week with a grand opening Friday afternoon.

The small cafe offers “a little something for everyone,” with gluten free and vegetarian option.

Their farmhouse salad with roasted butternut squash,greens, cranberries, blue cheese and walnuts has been a customer favorite, she said, and the “Cowhampshire” burrito at breakfast (a burrito stuffed with eggs, steak, cheese and tots) has also been popular so far.

Aside from traditional, if more upscale cafe options, City Moose also offers trendier items like Bahn Mi, a classic Vietnamese sandwich with pork, pickled vegetables, cilantro, cucumber and sriracha.

“We try to keep it fun and stay on trend,” she said.

Lamountain said that the quick service (food served in 15 minutes or fewer), community-driven attitude, and local ingredients will set City Moose apart.

Most ingredients are sourced from within a 100 mile radius, and they try to be as sustainable as possible, with either recyclable or compostable packaging.

The cafe is currently open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, but will open for a special Mother’s Day Brunch, for which reservations are rapidly filling.

Eventually, the hope to open regularly for Sunday brunch, complete with mimosas and other brunch staples.

Another goal, Lamountain said, is to have a “food cottage,” similar to a food truck, that they can take to community events (strolls, festivals, etc.) to add a local name and face among some of the other options.

City Moose is located at 30 Temple St.

For more information visit citymoosenh.com or call 943-5078.

Hannah LaClaire can be reached at 594-1243 or hlaclaire@nashuatelegraph.com