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Tweeds sold
We have reported in the past that Tweeds on Worcester’s Grove Street has been sold, as longtime restaurateur Jim Donoghue plans to enjoy his golden years. The Oak Barrel Pub will take Tweeds place and will feature the same kinds of pub food that Tweeds has made popular. Look for a late December opening.

It’s an old Ritual.
Ritual at 281 Main St., Worcester, abruptly closed its doors in the middle of August. But don’t fear. The much anticipated Dead Horse Hill Restaurant, which was slated to open on Franklin Street, is leasing the space. Now that will be a horse of a different color. A late November/early December opening is anticipated.

Neighbors.
The long-awaited Violet Rice, a Thai and vegetarian restaurant next to the former Ritual, also received a green light from the city’s License Board. It, too, is hoping to open in the late fall.

Its Prime time.
Hirosaki Prime on Worcester’s Grafton Street closed, and new owners will reopen the place shortly, also as a sushi restaurant. No word yet on the name.

In more closing news.
Two Chefs in Spencer closed its doors the last week in September. No word on future plans of the two chefs who ran the place or what is going to happen to the space. The husband-and-wife team complemented each other. One cooked great meals, and the other made fabulous desserts.

If first you don’t fail, try again.
We hear that Primo’s on Worcester’s Green Street has shut its doors. This was a joint venture by Joe Petrou, who has owned too many restaurants to list, and Angel Rodriguez. Rodriguez owned the Center Bar in the same space and then converted it to a restaurant. Primo’s was originally located on Shrewsbury Street, now home to the very good Piccolo’s.

Annie.
Annie’s Clark Brunch, a mainstay on Worcester’s Main Street near Clark University, opened the third week of September after having been closed for three months to undergo major renovations, due to building code violations. Annie Jenkins was assisted by both Clark University and a crowdfunding effort. Students and staff of Clark were excited to hear about the reopening.

North by Northworks.
The Niche Hospitality Group has an agreement with the owners of the Northworks building to take over the space once occupied by The Northworks Restaurant. The owners are just working out details on parking. The plan is to move The Fix Burger Bar from its Shrewsbury Street location to this new space on Worcester’s Grove Street. The Shrewsbury Street space has sort of become incubator space for the Niche Hospitality Group, sort of by accident. So what will go into the Shrewsbury Street space? We hear that Mike Covino and Steve Champagne, of Niche, are throwing around some ideas. One even involves a concept with different cuisines throughout the year.

Hey Mac, you serve brunch?
Mac’s Diner on Worcester’s Shrewsbury Street, under the ownership of Chris McMahon, the third generation of McMahons to run the place, is trying out some new ideas. Known for its generous portions, Mac’s is now serving Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m- 2 p.m. BTW, it’s BYOB

By Paul Giorgio