The tapas restaurant opened about a month ago in the former Sabatino's space. Sabatino's is now located in the former Depot Square Steakhouse building.
"We were both foodies and both in the restaurant business," Derek Moody said. "It's always been the dream."
Moody said downtown Derry needed another type of eatery where friends could gather and enjoy good food and drinks. Drae also offers a unique martini menu, Moody said, something Derry doesn't have.
"We looked at some of the renaissance happening in other communities and we wanted to beef up our downtown," he said.
Drae fills a void on Broadway, Moody said, offering something new and unique to complement other established food spots like Cask and Vine and Sabatino's.
With new faces taking on town leadership roles, Moody is hopeful Broadway will make their priority list.
"There is new blood, new thoughts," he said. "It's time for the town to do their part."
Sioras received another unexpected visit from the owners of the newly opened Grind Rail Trail Cafe in the Granary Building on Manning Street.
Carmel Shea and Melanie Davis paid the planning director a visit one day, looking for direction on how to start their dream coffee business.
"We just popped in," Shea said. "We walked into (Sioras') office and he said, 'Do it.'"
Shea said her business is doing well and has had a lot of support. She and Davis also collaborate with Drae, offering the Grind homemade soups to sell as part of a business collaboration. The Grind also enlists Pinkerton Academy culinary students to provide baked goods on a weekly basis.
Shea and Davis had a vision to bring their shop to a downtown location that would service those who frequent the nearby rail trail. She said business has been good and town staff from the municipal center next door are regular customers.