Worcesters Citizen Wine Bar to close at the end of the year, ending 10 years downtown

Worcester\s Citizen Wine Bar to close at the end of the year, ending 10 years downtown
The Citizen Wine Bar closing downtown restaurant
WORCESTER – The Citizen Wine Bar, the People’s Kitchen and Still & Stir — all located in a downtown building at 1 Exchange Place – will close for good Jan. 1, restaurant operator Niche Hospitality Group said Wednesday.

Michael Covino, president of Niche, said in a news release that the building housing all three entities “is currently going through a transition and the group felt it was the right time to take the opportunity to evaluate their position in the upscale casual/fine-dining segment.”

The Citizen Wine Bar in Worcester to close after New Years Eve

The Citizen opened in 2008, focusing on wine, cheese and chocolate. The People’s Kitchen dining room was added in 2010, and a cocktail room called Still & Stir was created in former jail cells in 2012.

Saying the building that houses The Citizen is “currently going through a transition,” Niche Hospitality Group President Mike Covino said the group “felt it was the right time to take the opportunity to evaluate their position in the upscale casual/fine-dining segment.

The building at 1 Exchange Place is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was sold in October to Exchange Waldo LLC, a company managed by Hugh McLaughlin.

Mr. McLaughlin’s Hingham real estate firm also recently bought the Elwood Adams block at 156 Main St., another nationally registered historic property.

“We are so grateful for the past 10 years at this location and the memories that we have created there,” Covino said. “We will continue to grow with Worcester and explore new opportunities for expansion.”

Niche Hospitality Group, the creator of innovative concept restaurants in Worcesters restaurant scene and owns Mezcal Tequila Cantina, The Fix Burger Bar, Bocado and Nonnas Pizza & Pasta, announced that the Citizens last evening of service will be on New Years Eve.

The building that houses the restaurant — One Exchange Place — was recently bought by Hingham developer BradyMac Capital Advisory, which also purchased the former Elwood Adams store on Main Street earlier this year.

In the meantime, he said, The Citizen will serve up a special four-course holiday menu in conjunction with its Miralce pop-up bar through New Years Eve. 

Niche Hospitality said with the building going through a transition, it was a good opportunity for the group to revaluate its position in upscale/casual and fine-dining.

“We are so grateful for the past 10 years at this location and the memories that we have created here. We will continue to grow with Worcester and explore new opportunities for expansion,” Michael Covino, president of Niche Hospitality Group, said in a statement. 

The Citizen Wine Bar opened in May 2008 with a focus on wine, cheese and chocolate. In September 2010, the upstairs dining room was added, known as The Peoples Kitchen, which featured a seasonal menu using local ingredients.

Two years later, in March 2012, Still & Stir was established in the old jail cells behind the patio, focusing on a bold craft cocktail program.

Covino said the chef at The Citizen has prepared a special four-course holiday menu that will be offered in conjunction with the restaurants Miracle pop-up bar through New Years Eve.


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