Blog : Meet a Green Alliance Business: Poco's Bow Street Cantina

By Sarah Mahoney | Feb 23, 2015 | in

What: As one of the Seacoast's longest operating family-owned restaurants, Poco's Bow Street Cantina offers all-natural, sustainable menu options and stunning views of the Piscataqua River from its decks and energy-efficient dining room. Established more than 33 years ago at 47 Bow St., husband and wife co-owners, John Golumb and Marlisa Geroulo, have turned Poco's and its sister restaurant, Two Ceres Street, into staples of sustainable dining.

Over the years, Golumb has made significant upgrades to Poco's heating energy systems installing an efficient fireplace, a new heat pump system and an energy-efficient furnace for its outdoor lower deck. And during the renovation of Poco's kitchen, Golumb added a more efficient ventilation system to keep the workspace cool during the summer months. Golumb also switched the restaurant's lighting to CFL lightbulbs and installed indoor and outdoor light sensors to reduce energy waste. Golumb also maintains a strict recycling policy at Poco's where all spent materials, including paper, plastic, metal and frying oil, are properly recycled. Additionally, all food scraps are composted and all to-go containers are made of corn-based sustainable materials that can be composted. Golumb and Geroulo advocate supporting farms and agriculture with locally sourced menu items at Poco's, which is also a proud member of Seacoast Eat Local, and include vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.

Where: 37 Bow St., Portsmouth


Phone: 431-5967

What makes it green:

  • Recycles all paper, plastic, frying oil, and metals.
  • Composts 100 percent of its food waste.
  • To-go containers are made of corn-based materials and are compostable.
  • CFL lighting throughout restaurant interior.
  • Indoor and outdoor light sensors to reduce energy usage.
  • Installed a high energy-efficient furnace and heat-pump system.
  • Offers all-natural, sustainable, locally sourced, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu items when seasonally available.

Originally posted on Seacoast Online. Read it here.

Green Alliance members receive 10% off food and beverage (including alcohol!); discount cannot be combined with other Poco's discounts. They also receive the Dollar Discount – Save over $3 on a meal consisting of an appetizer, entree, and a margarita! Not a Green Alliance Member? Join here!