Central Bloc of Business by the Numbers


Ruth’s Chris Steak House opened Monday in the Mercantile Center, adding another dining option to the downtown scene. It announced in 2019 that it would open an 8,200-square-foot restaurant with a seating capacity of nearly 300, indoors and out, at the center by fall 2020, but plans have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The restaurant has a main dining area, bar seating and two private dining rooms. It will be open from Sunday to Thursday from 4 to 9:30 pm; Friday from 4 to 10:30 pm and Saturday from 5 to 10:30 pm

The Starbucks Barista Syndicate sits in front of the East Central Street store on Monday in Worcester.


If you stop in at Starbucks at 11 East Central St on a Monday morning to buy a latte, you’re in luck. Union coffee workers recently went on strike against unfair labor practices by the Seattle coffee giant. Barista Billy Fulton said there are specific issues including employees not getting enough hours and understaffing in the store. At 4:15 a.m. on Monday, 15 minutes before the store was scheduled to open, workers emailed their manager about their intention to strike. By 9 a.m., workers had wrapped posters and signs around their necks and set up shop in the nearby Massachusetts Nurses Union office.

Wicked Licks Ice Cream Shop in Sturbridge.


When you look at the jobs she’s held, Lynne Cormier remembers that her first paycheck came from eating ice cream at the Minnesota Dairy Queen. Now, after raising two children with her husband, Sean Cormier, Wicked Licks has opened at 380 Main St. The shop offers countless flavors of rhubarb crumbs, lemon poppy seeds, and yes, burnt candy. Wicked Licks is open from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, as well as Mondays from holidays through October 31.

Red Apple Farm, Phillipston.


Phillipston – zip code 01331 – was settled by Europeans in 1751 and incorporated as Gerry’s Town in 1786, after its separation from Templeton. The town’s name was changed from Geary to Phillipston in 1814, after Deputy Governor William Phillips Jr. Today, the city of 24.6 square miles has a population of about 1,725. The historic city center is anchored by a communal town surrounded by municipal buildings, a school, and 19th-century homes. According to realtor.com, there are seven single-family homes for sale in Phillipston, ranging in size from 1,811 square feet of three bedrooms listed for $139,000 to a six-bedroom home of 4,197 feet listed for $849,000.

District 149 Plantation Street, Worcester.


A new cul-de-sac plan off Plantation Street will create a new city street and 19 condominium units, including eight duplexes containing semi-detached residences and three single family homes. Rum Hill Street, built at 149 Plantation Street, will be the center of the development. Six of the eight duplexes and two single families will wrap around the proposed impasse while two of the duplexes will be on the side facing Plantation Street at the corner of LaPierre Street. It will be a single family home on Ridge Street and St. George.

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