Dining » Vol. 8

Paul’s Picks

Federal Square gets new restaurant.

Aptly named “Federal Square,” a new eatery is opening in Worcester’s Federal Square, adjacent to the Hanover Theatre. Plans call for the 140-seat restaurant to serve American comfort food and have a full bar. It will be owned by Ed Madaus and Paul Demoga, the inspirations behind the renovation of the Hanover Theatre. Amy Demoga, formerly the food & beverage manager of Standard in Miami Beach, will be the manager. Oxford native Travis Reckner, formerly of Rialto and the East Coast Grill, is the chef. Reckner will prepare and smoke his own meats. I guess we can look forward to some good pastrami & corned beef. Look for a late February opening.

Arturo’s changes hands.

Westboro’s Arturo’s, owned by Arturo Cartagenova and his wife Diane, has been sold to Domenic Fabiano. The name and menu will stay the same and Fabiano will assume the duties of Chef. Arturo’s started out in West Boylston and moved to Worcester before finally settling in Westboro about 10 years ago. Fabiano has been in the restaurant business all his life. There are no staff changes expected.

It’s Worth the Trip.

On March 12, The French Culinary Institute’s International Culinary Center (462 Broadway, NYC) is offering a Tasting Tour: Beers of the British Isles. This course raises a glass to 6 kinds of traditional brews from across England, Scotland, and Ireland. Learn the history and characteristics of these classic forms and develop a palate for their complexities and a nose for their influences on modern brewing ~ just in time for the ultimate celebration of all things hops and barley, Saint Patrick’s Day! Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm / Price: $175 / Details: www.internationalculinarycenter.com/rec

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