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September 1, 2023

Two more restaurants open on Fitchburg’s changing Main Street

Photo | Timothy Doyle Mamajuana Restaurant in Fitchburg

Two restaurants have joined a flurry of 2023 restaurant openings on Fitchburg's Main Street. The summer also saw one restaurant on the strip close.

The Pauper’s Pantry at 695 Main St. held a grand opening on Aug. 1, featuring twists on comfort food like grilled cheese. The restaurant was founded as part of The Finicky Fork Catering Co. of Fitchburg. 

Photo | Timothy Doyle
The Pauper's Pantry in Fitchburg

The restaurant is on a block which Fitchburg State University is redeveloping by building a new black box theater and bringing back to life a long-vacant proscenium theater. The university already renovated part of the block for its Game Development Lab and offices for local nonprofit InTown Fitchburg.

A few blocks away, at 423 Main St. Victor Vicioso-Frias opened Mamajuana Restaurant. The restaurant, offering Latin American food, is holding a grand opening today. 

The summer hasn’t been all openings. A Jamaican restaurant, Kingston Island Cuisine at 480 Main St., closed quietly.

It is an active time for Downtown Fitchburg. 

In the spring, two more restaurants, Dario’s Ristorante and Rise & Grind Cafe opened along Main St. 

Further down Main Street near Moran Square, the Worcester Regional Food Hub anticipates opening a new facility in October featuring prepared food and groceries from local food startups, as well as commercial kitchens for entrepreneurs. In the same building New Hampshire-based Identity Coffee Lab will be opening a location. 

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