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February 11, 2021

BT's, Table Talk, Coney Island among those to be featured at Polar Park concessions

Photo | Courtesy | Worcester Red Sox A rendering of Summit Street as it is planned to look just outside Polar Park in Worcester, with concession stands from existing Worcester restaurants.

Polar Park's concession stands will include some well known Worcester restaurants among its options for Worcester Red Sox baseball games.

The team said Thursday it has signed a list of places to serve food at the $159.5-million baseball stadium, which could begin hosting games as soon as April. They include:

  • Polar Beverages, a Worcester manufacturer, whose corporate name adorns the stadium
  • Table Talk Pies, another Worcester manufacturer, whose longtime plant stands directly next to the ballpark.
  • Coney Island Hot Dogs, a Worcester institution that stands a block or so around the corner
  • Akra, an eatery at the Worcester Public Market a block in the other direction on Kelley Square.
  • Lock 50, the Canal District eatery
  • Russo's, another Canal District restaurant with the same ownership as Lock 50
  • Nuovo, the restaurant on Worcester's Shrewsbury Street
  • Wonder Bar Pizza, which is near Nuovo on Shrewsbury Street.
  • Chashu Ramen & Izakaya, a Japanese-style eatery on Franklin Street in downtown Worcester
  • BT's Smokehouse, whose Park Avenue location opened last year in Worcester, in addition to its original location in Sturbridge.

Others will be announced in the future, the WooSox said.

[Related: UniBank, T&G, Hanover, Table Talk among 19 WooSox founding partners]

Thursday's announcement also includes a potential olive branch of sorts to Worcester's existing baseball team, the Bravehearts, a collegiate summer league team that plans to stick around once the WooSox arrive. The Bravehearts are owned by the Creedon family, whose events company, Creedon & Co., could provide tents, tables and chairs for Polar Park events in a partnership the WooSox said they're exploring.

In addition to in-stadium concession stands, the WooSox are planning a pedestrian walkway on Summit Street just beyond the ballpark's right field exterior, which would include rotating food options called A Taste of Worcester.

Wormtown Brewery in Worcester and Atlas Distributing in Auburn are team founding sponsors, and more details about their drink selections for games are to come, the team said.

The team and Professional Sports Catering of Chicago, which will operate Polar Park's concessions, will offer opportunities to area nonprofits to operate concession stands with volunteers to raise funds for their charities.

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