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Marlborough ice center adding two new rinks

Due to hockey's rising popularity and the possibility of adding more winter sports like curling and speed skating, the New England Sports Center in Marlborough will open two new ice rinks by August.

Owner of Worcester restaurants indicted on drug, laundering charges

Grant Welker |

The owner of Worcester restaurants The Usual and The Blackstone Tap has been indicted on charges that he used more than $1 million in drug-sale money to buy and renovate nine properties.

Crust's new owner seeks to elevate Worcester's bread game

Laura Finaldi |

As a first-time business owner, Alexis Kelleher has her sights set on maintaining the quality Crust has cultivated, and on selling to more area restaurants.

Mercantile Center replacing long-dead Worcester Galleria

Grant Welker |

New spaces along the edges of the center's towers are envisioned as restaurants and other retail uses that will enliven a development with 642,000 square feet of space – almost 30 percent of...

Four new plans for vacant Worcester courthouse

Grant Welker |

A $35-million proposal for the former Worcester County Courthouse calls for 300 market-rate apartments in two new buildings and a reuse of the 1800s court building with office and retail space.

Mass. needs to update alcohol laws

DEBORAH B. GOLDBERG |

Our state's alcohol statutes, which were put in place in 1933, lack the cohesiveness that businesses and the ABCC require to operate efficiently and effectively.

Great Wolf Lodge anchors Fitchburg's tourist economy

Laura Finaldi |

Since it opened in May 2014, the city of Fitchburg has generated nearly $2 million in hotel occupancy tax from Great Wolf Lodge, including just over $1 million in 2016 alone.

No letter grades, but restaurant health reviews to be more accessible

Grant Welker |

Worcester has had a growing and well-regarded restaurant scene, but restaurants won't have placards in the window showing how they've done on health inspections as is done in some other cities.

Beechwood Hotel honored by AAA

Beechwood Hotel in Worcester was recertified a four-diamond hotel by AAA Thursday, the travel group's second-highest achievement level and the only such designation in Central Massachusetts.

Armsby Abbey named top Mass. beer bar

Worcester farm-to-table restaurant Armsby Abbey is the top beer bar in Massachusetts, according to the website CraftBeer.com.

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