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EAT BEAT SEPTEMBER 2023

PAUL GIORGIO

Different food

The Cold Truth: Mrs. Moriconi’s Ice Cream has recently opened a retail location in College Square, across from Holy Cross College, in the former Whittall Mills building on 3 Brussells Street in Worcester this August. Mrs. Moriconi is really Julia Moriconi, the owner of the premium ice cream maker. 

The new location will offer pre packaged pints and half pints as well as ice cream-filled pastries, ice cream cannoli, ice cream sandwiches, and other items. It will also feature cakes, pies, and tart in freezer display cases. Italian ice made with real fruit will also be available.

From Donuts to Tacos: A new Mexican restaurant has taken over the Old Glazy Susan spot in Worcester’s DCU Center. Toro Loco Taqueria owned by husband-and-wife team Miquel Perez and Denise Medina. The couple are using family recipes from their time growing up in Union de Tula in Mexico, a town in the province of Jalisco, Mexico.

A New Connection: The husband and wife team of Joel and Ciarak Santos of Marlboro will be opening their second Connect restaurant, this time in North Brookfield. Connect Restaurant & Lounge will be opening in the space that formerly housed Statz, a sports bar which has shut down.

Hit the Road, Jack: It looks like Jack’s Tiki Tavern in Webster Square has another landlord problem. Formerly known as Jack’s Tiki Torch when it was on Worcester’s Park Ave, the bar owner David Thacker is now moving out of Worcester. He had a landlord problem with sprinklers, now the problem is about a sign.

Midtown Moves: The rejuvenated Midtown Mall across Front Street from Worcester’s City Hall will be getting a new tenant. Odd By Worcester, a 1990’s themed brewery, will soon open up in Worcester’s Downtown.

Eddy’s Pub Returns: The owners of the very successful 2 Chefs on Worcester’s West Boylston Street will open another restaurant, most likely named Eddy’s Pub.  This is funny because their current location or the place right next door was named Eddy’s Pub a decade or more ago. We hear the concept will be Italian and about 8000 square Feet on the first floor of the Union Station Garage on Franklin Street in the Canal District.

It’s Tower Time: Worcester’s Glass Tower, now called Synergy, across from City Hall on Main Street is getting a do over. Included in the plans will be a French inspired Mediterranean restaurant on the first floor where Food Hub currently is. In addition, the top floor that once housed the Plaza Club will be converted to event space. Both places will be managed by Niche Hospitality, owners of Bocado, Mezcal and the Fix Burger Bar. 

Pizza and Whiskey: Volturno on Worcester’s Shrewsbury Street will be hosting an End of Summer Whiskey Dinner on September 28th. It is sponsored by Slane Irish Whiskey.

Café Society: The Café at the Worcester Art Museum reopened in the middle of August. It has a limited menu and is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.  he only other change is that it is now located in the Renaissance Court area of the museum.

Two To Go: It appears that two restaurants may  be ready to open. 185 Grille on Worcester’s Shrewsbury Street is advertising for staff. The same goes for Momo Palace currently in the Public Market. Momo Palace serves Asian dumplings.