WORCESTER – The newest restaurant in Worcester’s Canal District will open its doors next week.
View from Entrance of Buck’s/Photo: Patrick Sargent
Buck’s Whiskey & Burger Bar, located at 62 Green St, will host its Grand Opening on Monday at 4 PM following several months of renovation, menu building and future customer engagement that included a “Build-a-Burger” contest in February.
Nick Panarelli, the manager and owner of the new establishment, told ThisWeekinWorcester.com in an interview at Buck’s on Tuesday, April 24, that the length of time it took to completely overhaul the restaurant space has been “completely worth it” and that the 100s of patrons he anticipates to serve throughout Monday will be thoroughly impressed.
“It’s been a lot of work, and it took a little longer than we had expected, but when you look around at what we’ve been able to do with the space, we’re really proud of it and happy with it,” Panarelli said, who had originally hoped for a February open.
Panarelli, 30, of Shrewsbury, had to do a full of renovation of the former G Bar — including adding a kitchen area, putting in new bathrooms, and adding barnboard wood along the walls. The bar at Buck’s remains the original bar that stood when the location was occupied by long-time establishment Tara Pub — but Panarelli added a granite countertop to add to Buck’s modern look.
View of Bar at Buck’s/Photo: Patrick Sargent
The menu at Buck’s is chock full with nearly 30 items with appetizers, soups and salads, burgers and entrees ranging anywhere from $6 to $16 — highlighted by a selection of seven burgers, including the Build-a-Burger winner “Spicy Cougar” – a burger topped with aged cheddar cheese, black pepper crushed bacon, arugula, guacamole spread, and the soon-to-be famous Buck’s hot sauce.
In addition to the burgers, appetizers include fried pickles, wings, nachos, potato skins, and the “Cowboy Platter” — a combination of wings, skins, onion rings and jalapeno poppers. Entrees include steak tips, an open steak sandwich and fish and chips.
Above the Kitchen window at Buck’s/Photo: Patrick Sargent
According to Panarelli, at the Grand Opening there will be giveaways including tshirts, beer glasses and more.
“I’m expecting a great turnout. Everyone’s just been waiting so long. The whole first week I expect people to be showing up here and willing to wait to give us a try,” Panarelli said.
Sign Hanging Outside of Buck’s/Photo: Patrick Sargent
The Buck’s staff is made up of 15 people consisting of both front and back of house employees — including Executive chef John Gremo, of Worcester, who recently told ThisWeekinWorcester.com that the Buck’s menu will be fresh, simple and will focus on its “loads of great burgers.”
“We’re relying on freshness and the utilization of local products and local farms. Simplicity is very big, but we want to bring great service and a great menu to our customers,” Gremo said. “We’re going back to basics and Buck’s is going to bring a lot of great flavors.”
Buck’s will open at 4 PM on Monday for its Grand Opening. The restaurant will be open until midnight seven days a week (Mon-Thurs 4 PM to 12 AM, Fri-Sun 11 AM to 12 AM).