What’s hot and what’s happening now in the restaurant scene

It’s had a lot of owners. The space on Coes Pond in Worcester that has housed a multitude of restaurants in the past decade has a new owner. Legacy ,a new restaurant on Mill Street, will soon open in the space that once housed the Coes Café and Joey’s. It will be owned by the Sobel family. The dad was the long time manger of the Crown Plaza in Worcester. This may be the only waterside restaurant in the city.

Pizza Pizza. We hear that Shrewsbury Pizza in the center of that town will soon branch out to Shrewsbury Street in Worcester with a second location. It will open in the space that once housed Café Manzi and – for a long time – Scano’s Bakery.

More Pizza. Volturno, the Shrewsbury Street Neapolitan Pizzeria, has opened a second location in Framingham. We wish Greg Califano, his family and staff buono fortuna.

The earth is expanding. The Living Earth Market Center is planning to expand its all-natural food store into the former location of Bootleggers Prohibition Pub. Bootleggers closed at the beginning of the summer for renovations. That renovation turned into a concept change. According to the owners, the Maykel family, the space will be converted into a Grab and Go section for the Living Earth store and will feature baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and a coffee station. Living Earth is one of Worcester’s most unique food stores, featuring fresh and organic ingredients of all varieties.

Sturbridge is more than the village. Sturbridge Harvest Fest will be held Oct. 14 and 15 on the town common and at the Public House. It will feature food, food trucks, a scarecrow contest, 80 crafters and bands.

Spread those wings. Wicked Wing Co., located on Worcester’s West Boylston Street, is expanding into Ware. The plans call for the opening a full-service restaurant and bar by mid-December at 136 Pleasant St., the site of the former Snow’s Restaurant. Wicked Wing Co.’s owners are two brothers, Andrew and Nicholas Norton, who grew up in town. The men opened Wicked Wing Co. in Worcester two years ago. The restaurant’s wings finished third in MassLive’s statewide Best of Mass competition this year.

Kenmore serves lunch. After a multi-year hiatus, Worcester’s Kenmore Diner is bring back lunch. The quintessential Worcester diner, noted for its late nights, will now be serving lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. The menu will feature Fish & Chips on Fridays, a house Greek plate and Black Angus burgers, among a myriad of offerings.

Noodles no more. Noodles & Company, a chain restaurant, has closed up shop in Shrewsbury’s White City Shopping Center. It served a variety of noodle dishes from around the world. The franchise was owned by the same company that operates Panera Bread.

Paul GIORGIO

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