Recently opened Worcester Public Market houses 36 local food and retail vendors

Recently opened Worcester Public Market houses 36 local food and retail vendors

The dining scene in Worcester has come a long way from lunch-car diners. We found locally-produced wine, French crepes and a new food hall in the European tradition.

FRENCH CREPES, AND A NEW FOOD HALL IN THE EUROPEAN TRADITION. POLAR PARK IS NOT THE ONLY NEW KID ON THE BLOCK. WORCESTER PUBLIC MARKET HOUSES 36 LOCAL FOOD AND RETAIL VENDORS. >> YOU CAME UP FOR THE DAY? ANTHONY: DOMINIC IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AND ALSO RUNS NEW ENGLAND BURGER BAR. >> EVERY ONE OF THEIR BURGERS IS NAMED AFTER THE SEVEN HILLS OF WORCESTER, PLUS KELLY SQUARE. ANTHONY: HE SAYS THE PUBLIC MARKET OFFERS MORE THAN JUST GOOD FOOD. IT OFFERS PEOPLE A CHANCE TO GET BUSINESS OFF THE GROUND. >> IT’S LIKE A BREEDING GROUND OR INCUBATOR FOR NEW BUSINESS OWNERS. 36 VENDORS IN THIS BUILDING. 26 OF THEM ARE MINORITY OWNED AND WOMEN-OWNED. ANTHONY: FAIR PRICES ALLOW CUSTOMERS TO TRY SOMETHING NEW. >> TO INTRODUCE AND RESPECT ALL OF THE CULTURAL DIVERSITY THAT ALREADY EXISTS HERE. . WE ARE PAYING HOMAGE TO IT, GIVING YOU EXAMPLES OF IT. ANTHON >> TRADITIONAL OR AUTHENTIC JAMAICAN. JERK CHICKEN. CARICO. WE TRY TO BRING THE TASTE OF JAMAICA TO NEW ENGLAND. ANTHONY: SHE LEARNED TO COOK IN JAMAICA. >> GROWING UP, COOKING WAS MY FAVORITE WITH MY NINE SIBLINGS. ANTHONY: CUSTOMERS WHO HAVE EATEN THEIR FILL, THERE IS RETAIL. >> PEOPLE WOULD ASK ME, CAN YOU MAKE THIS. ANSWER IS YES. ANTHONY: WHILE HE SAYS NEW WALLACE AND BELTS, HIS FAVORITE IS FAMILY HEIRLOOMS. >> A WOMAN LOST HER FATHER. THAT IS HER FATHER’S JACKET. SHE CAME TO ME WITH AN IDEA OF MAKING TWO SMALL BAGS. I CAN’T WAIT. GOING TO CUT OF SOMEONE’S BELOVED GARMENT AND TURN INTO SOMETHING THEY CAN USE. ANTHONY: PASSION IS FELT THROUGHOUT THE CANAL DISTRICT. >> I COOK THINGS. WHEN IT IS A PASSION YOU DON’T CONSIDER IT AS WORK. WHAT I LOVE IS TO SMILE WHEN SOMEONE HAS MY CREPE FOR THE FIRST TIME. CREPE IS A THIN PANCAKE. VERY LARGE. WE FOLDED AND YOU CAN ENJOY. ANTHONY: IT IS LOCATED IN THE BUILDING THAT UNTIL 2019 HELD ONE TRAPS DELI. >> RAILWAY SAID TO THE LANDLORD, IF SOMEONE WANTS TO TAKE OVER THE DELI, WE WILL STEP BACK. BECAUSE WE HAVE SO MUCH RESPECT. BUT IT DID NOT HAPPEN. ANTHONY: HE FOCUSED ON PRESERVING THE BUILDING AND CRAFTING MOUTHWATERING GRAPES. >> WE HAVE SWEET, SAVORY. WE ALSO INTRODUCE SOMETHING THAT IS TECHNICALLY VERY CHALLENGING FOR ME. THE VEGAN AND GLUTEN-FREE OPTION. ANTHONY: HE CAME TO THE U.S. 10 YEARS AGO. HE CALLED BOSTON HOME FOR A WHILE, BUT ULTIMATELY ENDED UP IN WORCESTER. HE SAYS HE IS INCREASINGLY IMPRESSED WITH THE RESTAURANT SCENE. >> IT’S CHANGING, BECOMING A FOOD DESTINATION. ANTHONY: OVER IN THE GREENDALE NEIGHBORHOOD, ANOTHER WORCESTER NATIVE HOPES THE CITY WILL ALSO BECOME A ONE DESTINATION. >> EVERYTHING OCCURRING RIGHT NOW JUST SEEMED LIKE IT WAS TH PERFECT TIME TO BE ABLE TO BRING A PRODUCT AND A CONCEPT LIKE THIS TO THE CITY. ANTHON SIMPSON IS THE COFOUNDER OF SALE TO TRAIL ONE WORKS. NO, THERE ARE NOT ACRES ARE VINEYARDS. >> I AM WHAT’S CALLED A NEGOTIATE WINERY. A VINEYARD THIS WINERY. WE WORK WITH WINEMAKERS ON THE WEST COAST TO DEVELOP OUR PRODUCTS. BY THE TIME THEY ARRIVED HERE THERE A FINISH GOOD. ANTHONY: THEY HAVE SIX WANTS TO CHOOSE FROM. THEY OFFER FULL BOTTLES, ONE BY THE GLASS. >> NIGHT LIKE TONIGHT, I AM MAKING MY LIVING BY HANGING OUT. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY THE BEST. ANTHONY: BACK TO THE WORCESTER PUBLIC MARKET, WHEN CHRONICLE LAST VISITED WORCESTER A FEW YEARS AGO IT WAS JUST A PROPOSAL ON PAPER. THE MARKET OFFICIALLY OPENED IN FEBRUARY 2020, BUT LESS THAN A MONTH LATER WAS FORCED TO CLOSE BECAUSE OF COVID-19. IT HAS NOW FULLY REOPENED, AND MERCURIO TELLS US CUSTOMERS ARE COMING FROM ALL OVER TO SHOP AND EA NEXT, THEIR NEW BOOK CHRONICLES THE PANDEMIC IN WORCESTER. IN

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Recently opened Worcester Public Market houses 36 local food and retail vendors

The dining scene in Worcester has come a long way from lunch-car diners. We found locally-produced wine, French crepes and a new food hall in the European tradition.

Polar Park isn’t the only new kid on the block. Located in the heart of Kelley Square, Worcester Public Market houses 36 local food and retail vendors. Find authentic Jamaican cuisine at One Love Ma Maebelle Caféor try a burger named after one of Worcester’s seven hills at The Burger Bah. Tucked away to the side is Alan James Co. Specializing in leather goods, Bill Louden works magic with his tools to create functional pieces out of family heirlooms. Across from the Public Market, Jean-Luc Wittner is busy making French crepes and macaroons at Suzette Creperie and Cafe. Savory or sweet, vegan and gluten free, Wittner says there’s something for everyone at the café. No, there aren’t acres of vineyards in downtown Worcester, but there is a winery. Sail to Trail Wine Works has six wines to choose from. Owner Chris Simpson says they offer full bottles, wine by the glass and wine flights.

Polar Park isn’t the only new kid on the block. Located in the heart of Kelley Square, Worcester Public Market houses 36 local food and retail vendors. Find authentic Jamaican cuisine at One Love Ma Maebelle Caféor try a burger named after one of Worcester’s seven hills at The Burger Bah. Tucked away to the side is Alan James Co. Specializing in leather goods, Bill Louden works magic with his tools to create functional pieces out of family heirlooms.

Across from the Public Market, Jean-Luc Wittner is busy making French crepes and macaroons at Suzette Creperie and Cafe. Savory or sweet, vegan and gluten free, Wittner says there’s something for everyone at the café.

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No, there aren’t acres of vineyards in downtown Worcester, but there is a winery. Sail to Trail Wine Works has six wines to choose from. Owner Chris Simpson says they offer full bottles, wine by the glass and wine flights.