LaBelle Winery News

LaBelle Winery Announces Name of New Restaurant in Derry, New Hampshire

by Michelle Thornton

Mar 02, 2021

Mar. 2, 2021

Michelle Thornton
Director of Marketing
LaBelle Winery
345 Route 101
Amherst, NH 03031
(603) 672-9898

Amherst, New Hampshire— Winemaker Amy LaBelle and her husband Cesar Arboleda, co-owners of LaBelle Winery in Derry, New Hampshire, formerly Brookstone Events & Golf, announce the name of their soon-to-be-opened restaurant as Americus. The new restaurant is scheduled to open sometime in mid-May.

“Americus is our tribute to the American Dream,” LaBelle says. “As a first-generation immigrant, Cesar embodies the spirit and character of the American Dream every day, and we are grateful to live in this country—filled with opportunity and hope.”

The restaurant space, an existing structure on the 45-acre property at the time LaBelle and Arboleda purchased it, will be entirely gutted for renovations. The result will be a completely new space that will have the comfortable visually pleasing aesthetic of a LaBelle Winery property.

The renovation is being conducted under the direction of designer and architect Peter Niemitz of the Niemitz Design Group of Boston. Niemitz is known for his exceptional restaurant and event space designs. Fulcrum Associates of Amherst, New Hampshire, is managing the renovation.

Americus will have a fresh, approachable and comfortable ambiance with elegant round booths and oversize seats for comfort. The color scheme will consist of soothing earth tones with pops of red. Americus will seat 280 guests inside and 100 guests in its outdoor dining area, which will overlook the property’s large natural pond and fountain.

Americus’ menu will focus on New England contemporary farm-to-table cuisine with an international flair. The restaurant will be open seven days a week for dinner. Lunch will be served Monday through Friday, with brunch available on Saturdays and Sundays. Offerings will include a large selection of specialty cheeses, charcuterie boards, appetizers, raw bar items, soups, salads, brick oven pizzas, burgers and specialty entrees. The comprehensive menu will have something for everyone to enjoy, including children. Americus will offer a full bar serving LaBelle wines, craft cocktails, craft beers and non-alcoholic beverages.

“I’m excited to bring to life an approachable, farm-focused restaurant where we will take the best ingredients and let them shine through classic preparations that honor New England tradition, as well as some fun contemporary twists,” says Peter Agostinelli, LaBelle Winery’s culinary director.

Also in May, LaBelle Winery will open a retail marketplace on the former Brookstone property called LaBelle Market, in a building adjacent to Americus. LaBelle Market will be open seven days a week to serve the needs of guests who want to visit but may not have time to dine at Americus. The market will sell take-home gourmet prepared foods, platters for catering, LaBelle wines, a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, and LaBelle’s “The Winemaker’s Kitchen” line of culinary products such as jams, sauces, seasonings and sodium-free cooking wines.

LaBelle Market will also offer products from premier partners, including fine chocolates, cheeses, artisan breads, flowers and gifts. A coffee and pastry bar will also be a feature. The pastries will be made by LaBelle’s in-house pastry chef.

A grand opening celebration for Americus and LaBelle Market will be announced in early May.

The Links at LaBelle Winery, a 9-hole golf course, Mini Links miniature golf, and the event center will open in April. LaBelle plans to establish a 3-acre vineyard on the property beginning in May. Construction on a sparkling wine tasting barn, a new structure on the artisan village-style property, will be completed in June.