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January’s Food News Wrap Up

With the dawn of a new year came the promise of eight new Worcester restaurants, and counting. This month, Mass Foodies contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores reported on the anticipated rollouts of Maddi’s Cookery, 110 Grill, Protein House, STIX Noodle Bar, Revolution Pie + Pint, Craft Table Bar, and Legacy Bar & Grill. While most of these new establishments will take root near downtown, Rivera-Flores pointed out that Legacy is unique in its location along the waterfront at Coes Reservoir. Executive Chef Michael Sobel has a long history on the west side of Worcester and promises prime rib every Friday and Saturday night. Veronica Van Jura likewise took a spin around one of the recent additions to the scene, touring Niche’s new concept: The Railer’s Sports Tavern. Van Jura favored a print of Ted Williams playing at Holy Cross during a 1939 exhibition game versus the Red Sox.

Everyone seemed to be embracing one ‘clean living’ trend or another during the month of January. At Mass Foodies, we tested the waters with the Vegan Nest, pairing plant-based pastrami and spicy lemonade. We continued our wellness kick at Steam Energy Cafe with the Tropic Thunder acai (that’s ‘ah-sah-EE’) bowl and some soothing peppermint tea. Consequently, “America’s healthiest grocery store” Whole Foods Market also opened its doors in Central Mass this month revealing a 50,000 square foot outpost in Shrewsbury. Nods to the site’s former tenant, Spag’s, were not lost including an enormous original marquee sign, Olive’s Flower Shop (named for Anthony ‘Spag’ Borgatti’s wife) and the Borgatti Bar.

Health food is great, but we believe in enjoying everything in moderation. The Worcester Foodies visited Dacosta’s Pizza Bakery where they savored Neapolitan style wood-fired pizza, vintage video games, and a fierce round of ping pong. Contributor Mark DiStefano Jr. likewise let loose with a Diablo Margarita and some tequila shrimp tacos at ¡Hola! in Southborough. We don’t, however, claim to have exercised restraint at Worcester’s Best Chef where twenty local restaurants competed for our affection. Chef Alina Eisenhauer was spotted with her new team from the International where she plans to transform the Fireplace Room beginning with a Valentine’s event on February 11th. Deadhorse hill Chef de Cuisine Robin Clark’s dish was named the top ‘Judge’s Choice,’ the first woman to be recognized for this award since 2008. Other honorees included Brian Treitman of BT’s Smokehouse and Ken O’Keefe from the Publick House. O’Keefe won the Iron Chef portion of the competition at the end of the night.

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Mill Street Welcomes Legacy Bar & Grill

Executive Chef Michael Sobel and Lindsay O’Meara of Legacy Bar & Grill at Coe's Pond on Mill Street in Worcester, MA.

While everyone is paying attention to the redevelopment of downtown, Worcester – with its addition of seven new restaurants this year – Michael Sobel is on a mission to redevelop another area of the city: Coe’s Pond.

The dining room at Legacy Bar & Grill at Coe's Pond on Mill Street in Worcester, MA.
The dining room at Legacy Bar & Grill at Coe’s Pond on Mill Street in Worcester, MA.

With over twenty years of chef experience, Sobel kicks off 2018 with his first restaurant launch. Sobel, executive chef, and co-owner, of Legacy Bar and Grill opened its doors on Thursday, January 25th, in hopes of giving the residents of the other side of the city a little taste of Worcester’s restaurant hub.

“I grew up in the Tatnuck Square area and there has always been a need for great food and entertainment here,” said Sobel. “When we saw this space on Mill Street vacant, we knew this was the perfect place and time to embark on our own restaurant.”

242 Mill Street is no stranger to change. Coupling the years before the restaurant boom in Worcester with the lack of traffic along Mill Street, 242 Mill Street has been home to a lengthy list of restaurants. Sitting on the edge of Coe’s Pond – another piece of the city’s revitalization plan – Legacy Bar and Grill will cater to the feel of the neighborhood. “We want to be the new place in the neighborhood that everyone can enjoy, whether it is after work or on the weekend,” said Sobel. “I know we need more food places on this side of the city and I hope our launch can bring that together.”

Serving a family-style menu, Legacy Bar and Grill will make the traditional New England favorites with a little Sobel twist. The prime rib – an anticipated new favorite on the block – will be offered on Friday and Saturday nights only, but with cocktails like the Passion Mojito – a Tazo passion tea house infused Rum with St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, mint and soda – no one will have to wait until Friday to get that weekend feel.

The facade of Legacy Bar & Grill at Coe's Pond on Mill Street in Worcester, MA.
The facade of Legacy Bar & Grill at Coe’s Pond on Mill Street in Worcester, MA.