Citizen opens.

Citizen, the latest endeavor by the Niche Hospitality Group, which also owns Bocado, Block 5 and Mezcal, opened in downtown Worcester on Thursday, May 28. The eatery features a full bar, cheese selections, pannini sandwiches, and soups ~ and chocolates for dessert.

Citizen is located in One Exchange Place opposite Michael’s Cigar Bar and downstairs from Il Forno. This complex, which once housed The Firehouse, has undergone a renaissance of late with these three places all opening within a couple of months of each other. The building has now become a focal point for downtown diners.

Citizen will be open for lunch and dinner. According to Mike Covino, president of Niche, “They hope to have a license to sell wine in the very near future.” This will be of great help to Il Forno, which is BYOB.

Oh, and as to the name “Citizen?” According to Covino, “With the courthouse so near we wanted something legal sounding.” I guess “Guilty” may not have been an option.