Paul Giorgio

Mark Your Calendar:  The widely popular Taste of Shrewsbury Street returns Tuesday June 20 from 5-9 PM on Worcester’s Shrewsbury Street. This annual event with amazing food, live entertainment and block parties is not to be missed!

It’s Not The Bombay Bicycle Club:  It appears that an Indian restaurant will be taking over the space that was once home to Maddie’s on Worcester’s Water Street. A recent Facebook post touted the soon to open Bombay Lounge at 64 Water Street.

He Got Over His Hangover:  It looks like Michael Arrastia, the former owner of the Hangover Pub in Worcester’s Canal district, has found a new home. Honest Hometown Eats will soon be opening at 13 Central Street in Southbridge.

Tatnuck Square Gets Another Bakery:  The Cozy Bakery & Coffee recently opened its doors at 1094 Pleasant Street in the Kavon Plaza, near Mill Street. From its Facebook posts it looks like a full bakery, with cakes, pies, cookies and more.

A New Cuisine:  It may not be a restaurant yet, but it is a new cuisine for Central Massachusetts. Worcester Filipino Cuisine was slated to start doing pop ups in the middle of April. Check them out on Facebook for locations, menu options and more!

It’s Been Over 100 Years:  Local Chef Christopher Bairos recently purchased what was formerly known as Chefee’s 1921 Diner in Boylston. The diner which seats about 40 people does not have a name yet. He plans on serving diner food weekdays and  then going upscale on Friday and Saturday nights.

Hey It’s The Halal Guys:  The first Halal Guys restaurant west of I-495 opened in the middle of April at the White City Plaza along Route 9 in Shrewsbury. For those unfamiliar, Halal is a lot like kosher in its preparation.

Go Fish:  It looks like the former Fish Restaurant in downtown Marlboro will reopen as Welly’s Kitchen. The owners of Welly’s Restaurant are looking to add what they describe as an “upscale eatery”. There are two Welly’s restaurants, one in Hudson and the other in Marlboro. 

Want To Open A Restaurant:  It appears that the former Donut Café space at the corner of June and Chandler Streets in Worcester is for lease. It’s 1400 square feet – perfect for a small place.

A Whale Of A Time:  The Harpoon Worcester Beer Garden will be back for its second season the first week of May. The Beer Garden at Mercantile Plaza opened for the first time last summer and was a popular destination in Downtown Worcester. Manager Josh Briggs, said everything at the beer garden will be pretty much the same as it was last year.

Fork It Over:  You can fork over some money to the Girls Scouts by attending their Fork it Over event on May 10th. This is the event where several area chefs compete to produce the best dish using girl scout cookies. The event is may 10th at Polar Park

It’s Not The Caine Mutiny:  Raising  Cane’s, a chicken finger restaurant will be opening its doors at 141 Boston Post Road in Marlboro the third week of May. This is the chain’s third location in Massachusetts.