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Comings and Goings – Winter 2010

As the year draws to an end it is time again to update what has been happening in Worcester. In the “Goings” category, Shrewsbury Street was hit particularly hard with the closings of Tribeca, Morocco, Zia Grill and Scano’s Bakery. Sad to see Scano’s Bakery close as the business dates back to the early 1950’s. Also gone are Doherty’s Pub and BlueBird Pizza on Park Ave.

Fortunately for Worcester there are always new and ambitious people looking to forge ahead and open new and exciting places for everyone to enjoy. This month we welcome The Registry Restaurant on Park Ave (in the old Apsara space below Loft 266). The Registry Restaurant offers affordable American cuisine in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Next up, Pepe’s on Franklin St., billed as “authentic Italian cuisine”… Pepe’s has brick oven pizza, panini sandwiches and Italian specialties to tempt you with. Back on Shrewsbury St., Zia Grill has been replaced by Cafe Manzi (a familiar name in Worcester food lore) serving breakfast and lunch with wraps, soups, sandwiches and entrees. Next door you’ll find John Grosse has opened Shrewsbury St. Bread and Pizza. John has been baking bread for ages and has finally opened a retail shop. This is a neighborhood bakery making some of the best bread and pizza around.

Also joining the roster recently are Nuf Ced on Park Ave (that is enough about that), Club InStyle (a new upscale club in the old Club Red 1888 space) and Plaza Azteca (mexican-styled food with mariachi bands) in Lincoln Plaza.

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Comings and Goings this Fall!

Comings and Goings

As chronicled, Worcester is not unlike any other area in the country as far as Comings and Goings for businesses. In the “Goings” column recently we find Emerald Isle on Millbury Street (where will the big Leprechaun hat go?), Boston Billiards (a longtime staple) and Apsara on Park Ave (but Loft 266 upstairs is still going strong).

Recent openings include The People’s Kitchen, from Niche Hospitality at One Exchange Place. This new concept from the folks at Niche is interesting. The website says…”The food at TPK is not fussy, it is wholesome, abundant, comforting and most importantly, affordable. Long live food and conversation”. On Shrewsbury Street we found a new Hookah Bar called the Shisha Room (Hookah is hot in Worcester). It is beautifully outfitted and offers a very relaxing atmosphere. Kai Sushi Bar and Grille on Stafford Street joins the sushi scene in Worcester where the competition is fierce…we wish them luck!