News : Poco’s Now Offering Expanded Menu, Sustainable Options

Jun 25, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Patch

By Ali Plankey
Green Alliance Writer

PORTSMOUTH— How many Mexican restaurants do you know that can say they exclusively use locally caught fresh lobster, scallops and haddock every night? Everything at Poco’s Bow Street Cantina is homemade and often organic and locally sourced, including the extensive variety of soups and chowders, veggie burgers, salsas and hot sauces, down to every last dressing and queso dip. Marlisa Geroulo, owner and founder of Poco’s Bow Street Cantina, guarantees to never sacrifice quality for the sake of profits.

When Poco’s made the decision to partner with the Green Alliance, they began to expand their business even further. Right from the start, Poco’s began to take steps towards a sustainable future by composting left over food, recycling, using efficient heating systems, and using corn-based alternatives to plastic for cups to reduce waste. Geroulo is also working towards a “zero waste” policy, which is exactly what it sounds like - using the power of composting and recycling to drastically minimize waste until it is no longer existent. Currently, they are seeking LEED certification, making them the only deckside establishment in the area to achieve such a status.

The Green Alliance is a Portsmouth-based union of local sustainable businesses promoting environmentally sound business practices and a green co-op offering discounted green products and services to its members. Green Alliance members receive a 10 percent discount at Poco’s that includes all food and beverages.

Poco's has recently expanded their menu to include non-typical Mexican food. It continues to include all natural meats in their famous burgers and quesadillas, but has now welcomed vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Additionally, its kid’s menu has also been modified to offer healthier options.

Poco's offers a unique atmosphere for their customers: from a family dining experience to the late night crowd, the restaurant makes use of its setting. Geroulo's husband, John Golumb runs neighboring establishment, Two Ceres Street. During the summer months, the two restaurants become one, under the Poco's name, with the removal of a partition wall. For its part, Two Ceres has undergone a green makeover using materials made of reclaimed wood and recycled plastic bottles, for the bar, floors and tabletops.

For Geroulo and Golumb, their sustainable efforts are motivated by their personal lives.

Read the full story on the Portsmouth Patch.