HOT&NOW: JUNE 2017

What’s hot and what’s happening now in the restaurant scene.


The Boulie pulpit.
Worcester’s Boulevard Diner on Shrewsbury Street has reopened its Grab N’ Go for the summer season. From 10 p.m.-3 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant will serve from its outdoor grill. Choices include Italian sausage, burgers, shish kebabs, pork spare ribs and fries.

Old Timer to star in movie. Clinton’s iconic restaurant The Old Timer, which recently closed, has a starring role in a new movie – Daddy’s Home 2. The movie stars Mel Gibson, Will Farrell, Mark Walberg and John Lithgow.

Sonoma moves to Beechwood. One of the area’s premier dining destinations, Princeton’s Sonoma Restaurant, is closing up and moving to Worcester. Bill Brady, Sonoma’s owner/chef, recently announced that he will take over the space that currently houses Ceres Bistro at the Beechwwod Hotel in Worcester.

More than A-Mazing. The Davis Farmland and Mega Maze in Sterling is now offering barbecue. Leominster’s Josh Freda is the pit master at Davis and was recently trained in Kansas City. Now you can follow the smoke to Davis.

122 Pub. Our spies tell us that a new pub has opened in Grafton on Route 122. The 122 Pub has opened in the spot where Danielle’s was.

Clearly not Usual. The Usual, which opened a short time ago on Worcester’s Shrewsbury Street, will close and reopen with a new name and new owners. The restaurant ran into problems when it was revealed that the owner’s husband was indicted on drug and money laundering charges. The new owners will be Joe Herman and Deven Senior. Herman was the manager of Ursula’s, and Senior was the chef. It’s still unclear what will happen to Blackstone Tap, which is also owned by the same people.

Niche dining. The Niche Hospitality Group has a number of special events in June, starting June 5 at Bocado with a Mencia Wine Dinner. The following week there will be a beer diner at The Fix. Then, the Flamenco Wine Dinner at Bocado on June 23 finishes the month. Call the restaurants for details and to purchase tickets.

Going strong at 83. Moynihan’s Pub on Worcester’s Main Street in Main South was recently sold and is under new ownership. The 83-year-old bar and its building were sold to Ifendu Enterprises, which is registered to Terengo Argaw, of Cambridge, according to public records. The new owner will do some upgrades and continue to operate the business as Moynihan’s Pub.

She will wear the crown. Crown Bakery on Worcester’s Gold Star Boulevard, the premier Swedish Bakery in the city, was sold recently. The 57-year-old bakery was founded by Ake Lundstrom and currently isowned by his son, Jon. Jon will retire in July and has sold the Worcester institution to Jen LaPointe, who has worked at the bakery for 17 years. LaPointe said she will update the decor and make the place more user-friendly. She is not changing the recipes.

Paul Giorgio