News About Emmett Soldati

Emmett Soldati named ’40 Under 40′ by NH Union Leader — Union Leader


Teatotaller Cafe Owner Wins Instagram Case in Court — Seacoast Online

Despite Facebook hiring several law firms to defend their case, Soldati, representing himself, was able to successfully argue Meta/Facebook committed a breach of contract and that they were not immune under the Communications Decency Act.

David vs Goliath: NH Restauranteur Takes on Facebook and Wins — Eagle Tribune

Teatotaller Owner Wont Let Hate Groups Stop Drag Story Hour — Boston Globe

Boston Celtics Tribute to Concord & Somersworth NH Business — WOKQ

With two locations in Somersworth and Concord, the Teatotaller was getting some playoff facetime ahead of the second game of the first round of the 2023 NBA playoffs. If you’ve never met owner Emmett Soldati, and have never been to the Teatotaller, fix it. Go. Emmett is an amazing human being. Truthfully, he is a ray of sunshine, and the Teatotaller is an extension of one of those rays.

Fold’d Community Diner Celebrates Recovery Friendly Eatery in Somersworth — Seacoast Online

We wanted to have this day to thank everyone who made this place happen, who helped fund it, who helped get it up and running. Emmett Soldati has done so much for us.

Emmett Soldati Named Young Entrepreneur of the Year — Fosters Daily Democrat

Emmett has created an environment of leadership in the local community wrapped up into a successful business model truly making him a bright beacon of young entrepreneurship in New Hampshire.

About Emmett Soldati

We need leadership that will show up and speak up for all of New Hampshire

I grew up in Somersworth, NH, one of the poorest cities, and one of the smallest, in our state. It’s a community that was long forgotten by much of the rest of the state, and in particular by those who have consolidated power and political relationships for decades. When I returned to my hometown a decade ago to run for local office and start a business, all I cared about was activating my local community — helping a my neighbors from different backgrounds find a sense of home in an otherwise sleepy mill town. I lost that race, and decided instead to open up Teatotaller Cafe. What transpired over the years since was an awakening that even I did not think was possible. My café helped Somersworth find a sense of identity by looking within. Now, the city is on the rise as NH’s Rainbow City, touted as one of the most inclusive communities, and also boasts one of the best models of diaspora integration (having the largest Indonesian population in New England).

We can write our own stories

All of these successes happened because the community banded together around shared values, instilling a sense of pride about being a local, a “proud townie.” There are too many communities in our state that have been similarly written off. I’m running to give a new platform to these working, rural communities — and to share the message that our communities already have all the ingredients for our own transformation. The best weapon to fight isolation is the perspective that we are already surrounded by neighbors who share our struggles, interests, and values. My success has always been in giving others a platform, and that’s what I intend to continue supporting NH’s communities from the ground up.

About Emmett

Born (1988) and raised in Somersworth, NH, Emmett Soldati graduated from the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY; attended Emerson College; and graduated from York University, Toronto (summa cum laude), before receiving his Masters in Cultural Studies from London School of Economics (2011).

Returning home in 2011, Soldati opened Teatotaller; while also working for an international weather data company, Weather Analytics, now Athenium Analytics, a DC-based firm with a large work force in Dover. As an off-shoot of that, Soldati helped found and run an international nonprofit, Farmers First Africa, to support climate knowledge and food security for subsistence farmers in Central Africa.

During COVID, Soldati supported small business owners with resources to navigate the complexities of emergency shelter-at-home orders. He closed his cafe and pivoted to a beverage delivery service, re-employing his team in a safe manner. Since the pandemic, Soldati has opened another Teatotaller Cafe in Concord and Dover, and supported the opening of SOS’s recovery-focused restaurant in Somersworth, Fold’d Community Diner. In 2024 he made headlines for successfully defeating Meta Inc. (Facebook) in court, defending himself Pro Se, and setting a new legal precedent that holds the tech giant accountable to its users.

He is the son of Lincoln Soldati, former: Strafford County Attorney, Mayor of Somersworth and candidate for US Congress; and Kathleen Soldati, former: Executive Director of League of NH Craftsmen and Portsmouth Historical Society, Director of Marketing at The Music Hall, now with CrossCurrent Communications.

My Priority Issues

Prioritize Main Street Economy

As a small business owner, I have experience building relationships, being fiscally scrappy and finding creative solutions to complex problems. I also have a strong track record battling against the corrupting influence of big corporations.

Support Recovery and Address Housing Affordability Crisis

When decisions about our communities’ opioid crisis are being made, I believe we need to have folks directly impacted at the table. This include folks who are in active recovery, renters, or those who have been through our justice system.

Fight for Reproductive and Healthcare Freedoms

I co-founded the Tri-City Reproductive Justice 4 All Coalition, and continue to amplify and participate in locally-relevant action items to advance not only reproductive freedom, but true and open access for all people seeking reproductive care.

Advocate for Public Schools

Our executive branch and state administration plays an important role securing equitable public education for all Granite Staters. As an Executive Councilor I will always govern on the side of strengthening our public schools.