Hot & Now: June 2019

Paul Giorgio

Summer fun. It’s once again time for Worcester’s unofficial kick off to summer. The annual Taste of Shrewsbury Street takes place on Tuesday, June 18 from 5 to 9 p.m. on Worcester’s Restaurant Row. Join the biggest Block Party in the city with food tastings and live music. Buttons are $25 and free for kids under 10. The money raised goes to the beautification of Shrewsbury Street.

Visit the Valley. A new event the Blackstone Valley Restaurant Week kicks off on Monday, June 3 and runs until June 15. Eat at about a dozen Blackstone Valley Restaurants with a special three course menu for $25.19. Visit or Facebook for a list of participating restaurants and menus. The event is sponsored by Pulse Magazine, The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, Pepsi Worcester & Cantiani/East Douglas Insurance.

Seasons. The Four Seasons Restaurant, a long-standing landmark on Worcester’s Lake Ave. will soon be torn down to make way for a new development. Owned by the Potenti family for over 40 years, the restaurant was known for its Italian food and open steak sandwich.

Simple Simon met a Pie Man. Worcester’s Table Talk Pies took home eight first prizes in the recent National Pie Championship in Orlando, Florida. 728 pies were judged in a host of categories. Now America knows what we have always known – Table Talk Pies are the best!

Check the night sky. The Children’s Friend Society of Worcester hosts its annual Big Dipper ice cream festival on Saturday, June 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Worcester’s Elm Park.

What’s the point? Save Point Tavern a new video bar/restaurant will soon be opening in the space now occupied by Grille 57 on Worcester’s Highland Street.The Tavern will be owned by Brian Huff and will feature vintage games.

Ditto for Shrewsbury Street. It appears that a second video game bar will be opening on Worcester’s Shrewsbury Street in the not too distant future. It will be located behind Mexicali Grille.

Baba Sushi, a real hotspot. Baba Sushi, a hotspot for sushi on Worcester’s Park Ave recently was closed due to a fire. No word on a reopening date

It’s in Black & White. The owners of the Black & White Grill in Spencer will be opening their second location soon. Rumor has it that they will be opening a new restaurant at the location of the former Keepers on Route 12 in West Boylston.

Coming home. Wachusett Brewery recently announced that they were returning to their roots by opening another brewery and tap room in Worcester’s Canal District just steps from the new Polar Park. The tap room will be located in the public market space of the Harding-Green Development at Kelley Square.