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March 16, 2023

Another round of Canal District bars and restaurants spring up after fall closures

Photo | Timothy Doyle Canal District bar 107 TAP will open on March 23.

The first few months of 2023 has seen new restaurants and bars open after several closings came in Worcester’s Canal District in the second half of 2022.

Jefferson Mararian will open his bar 107 TAP on March 23, after purchasing the property in 2022. The former owner of Blackstone TAP and Canal District Alliance president renovated the space adjacent to former Moonshiners Country Bar space, adding a kitchen and new tap system, according to a Wednesday press release from Mararian.

Femme Bar, a bar and grill catering to the female queer and LGBTQ community, opened on March 10 at 62 Green St., the former location of Buck's Whiskey & Burger Bar, which was sold and closed in November.

Blackstone Herbs and Martini Bar opened at 102 Green St. in January, replacing Hangover Pub and Broth, which closed in September.

At 81 Water St. a new Irish bar called Boland’s Bar and Patio opened in February, in the former Rock Bar space. 

A former retail space at 48 Green St. is being renovated and will become the 1885 Bar, offering food and cocktails, according to reporting from, which first reported the news. The bar owners have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into renovating the space, and in April they expect to open, Alex Guardiola, vice president of government affairs and public policy at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, told WBJ in February.

Smokestack Urban Barbecue, which closed in November, was sold to make way for a new development at the former Table Talk Pies site. 

The Pie Store at Table Talk Pies is temporarily filling the space vacated by PreGamers Sports Bar and Grill in the fall, as its former storefront undergoes redevelopment.

The former Maddi’s Cookery and Taphouse space at 64 Water St. is still vacant, though in January, Edward Murphy, president of property owner Baystate Investment Fund, told WBJ there has been interest in the space. He did not elaborate.

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