Paul Giorgio

Worcester Restaurant Week is Back:  WRW kicks off the last week of February and continues into the first week of March. Close to 30 Restaurants are participating in the twice a year event that’s just $29.24 for a 3-course meal. Sponsors include Pepsi, Wormtown Brewery & Discover Central Mass. Media sponsors include Pulse Magazine, CMPride and Radio Worcester. Check out Facebook and the web for more information.

Time to Eat the Donuts: Donut Homies in the Worcester Public Market was recently picked as one of the  Five Massachusetts doughnut shops that are worth a drive to by  Eater Boston. They were part of an article titled “New England Doughnuts Worth the Drive.”

More Dumplings:  Every culture has some form of dumpling. For Italians it’s the ravioli and the Chinese have Peking ravioli A Nepalese dumpling shop Momo Palace recently opened on Worcester’s Highland Street after being a smash hit in the Public Market 

Changing it Up:  UxLoca located at 510 West Hartford Ave in Uxbridge, recently changed its concept. They are now offering smaller plates of Italian style eating that is not rushed, they have lowered the prices and you can order meals from first course to dessert and cheese.

That’s a Lock:  Ed Russo has recently sold Lock 50 on Worcester’s Water Street.  The upscale eatery was a hit. People especially liked their dollar oyster night and their outdoor dining in both summer and winter. He was the first one to come up with the igloo concept in the area. He still owns Russo’s which is across the street.

Let the Good Times Roll: NOLA recently opened its second location in the old Fairlawn Plaza on Route 9 in Shrewsbury. They have great Cajun food and will be neighbors with EggHolie, who also recently opened in the same plaza. The franchise based in Chicago specializes in Indian street food.

Kenmore  Diner Changes Hands: Jimmy and Pauline Yantsides, longtime owners of  Worcester’s Kenmore Diner have sold the business to a new owner. They will continue to own the property and enjoy their retirement.

Thank God it’s Not Friday-TGIF, or Fridays, has closed down a local location in the Solomon Pond Mall, but the Millbury location at the Shoppes at Blackstone Valley remains open. 

It’s a Union Thing:  Worcester’s Union Station has a new eatery. The 961 Restaurant and Lounge recently opened. The restaurant will feature  Lebanese food.

Roll Out the Barrel: The Fix Burger Bar, a Niche Hospitality restaurant with multiple locations will be hosting a beer dinner on Feb 7th  at their Worcester Grove Street location.  The four-course meal which is priced at $75 is in celebration of the partnership between Niche and Redemption Rock Brewery. They recently partnered with a house beer, Grass Fed, at the Fix restaurants.

On Broadway: Our Canal District spies tell us that Worcester’s Broadway restaurant on Water Street is for sale. This has been a mainstay in the neighborhood for over 50 years.