Hidden (And Not So Hidden) Gems of Worcester
Thursday, February 16, 2012
An Urban Oasis
Worcester is successfully transforming itself into a progressive and vibrant city with a proud past and interesting mix of old and new. Merging the heart of a small town with the diversity and resources of a thriving urban center, Worcester has a lot to offer. Every week, I will be taking visitors on a tour of the hidden (and perhaps not so hidden) gems that make Worcester a special place to live and work. As Worcester continues to revitalize its business district, one of my favorite hidden gems provides three good reasons to head downtown at the end of the day.
One Exchange Place on Commercial Street, adjacent to the DCU Center, boasts three notable establishments and a treat for every palate. Deliciously creative, The People’s Kitchen is known for its artisanal menu and honest-to-goodness dishes. The Citizen Wine Bar offers an extensive wine and cocktail list along with a colorful and cozy space perfect for both quiet conversations or socializing at the bar. Cigar Masters Worcester brings back the elegance and ambience of old-time men’s clubs with deep leather chairs and dark wood. This urban oasis in the heart of downtown offers a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Known for the creativity of its offerings and a constantly changing menu, The People’s Kitchen specializes in hand crafted artisanal products prepared by their chefs for the good people of Worcester. The restaurant imports the finest cheeses and meats from across the globe while locally sourcing as many items as possible. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets are accommodated with panache. Sophisticated but never stuffy, The People’s Kitchen is a foodie’s delight set in a comfortable and modern setting.
Cigar Masters Worcester focuses on providing the true cigar experience with an extensive selection and
Casual al fresco dining can be found in the atrium, where a retractable roof keeps things cool in summer and hot all winter. It is a superb venue for private parties. In addition to street parking, valet parking is offered on busy nights and two parking garages and parking lots are close by. With three fantastic establishments sharing the same address, One Exchange Place is one of downtown Worcester’s true gems.
Hours of Operation:
The Citizen Wine Bar
Food: Mon-Thurs 4:30 – 10:00 Fri-Sat 4:30 - Midnight Sun 4:30 – 9:00
Wine & Cocktails: Seven Days a Week 4:30pm – 2am
The People's Kitchen
Wed-Thurs 4:30 – 10:00 Fri-Sat 4:30 – 11:00
Cigar Masters Worcester
Every Day from 12:30pm – 2am
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