After five years of serving the Tatnuck Square area, Tatnuck Grille officially closed its doors on Friday the 13th, leaving the rest of us to wonder about the truth behind this superstitious holiday. In December, the Worcester Foodies dined at the neighborhood bar and grill and while there was a mixed feeling among the foodie crew about the menu, the overall summary was that Tatnuck Grille was a great place to go after a long day of work with “casual, affordable, pub-style food.”
Not all is bad, as this rumor has a happy ending. Cal Dolan and Dessie McKane, co-owners of Funky Murphy are said to have purchased the Tatnuck Grille location with the intention to renovate the space and reopen it’s newly branded location in three months. We don’t know how you feel, but a Funky Murphy-like restaurant in Tatnuck Square is much needed and we are sticking around to see this rumor unravel.
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.
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.