Bay State Brewing Co. Opening Brewery and Tap Room in Worcester Ice Center

by | Aug 20, 2019 | Headlines, Business, Dining, News

WORCESTER – Bay State Brewing Company is opening a brewery and restaurant at the Worcester Ice Center in Worcester’s Canal District. 

As reported on Monday, the brewery will take the two-story restaurant space that is currently occupied by Nonna’s Italian Restaurant. 

 Construction for the brewery and tap room is slated to start in October.

“We are excited to expand our footprint to the greater Worcester area and feel that the Canal District is the perfect place to set up shop with all the activity in the surrounding area,” said Bay State Brewing co-founder Shawn Rich.  “We are excited about our partnership with the Ice Center and the Worcester Railers and look to providing craft beer lovers with a destination to enjoy our craft beer.”

Nonna’s, the Niche Hospitality Group-owned fast-casual pizza shop and eatery which opened in late 2017 had closed for the season on April 1 and was expected to re-open for the hockey season on Monday, Aug. 19, but will instead remain closed.

Niche Hospitality also announced that Railers Tavern  in downtown Worcester — run and operated by Niche Hospitality — will soon be getting a revised dining and bar concept.

The sports memorabilia from Railers Tavern — including the Railers goalie mask — will be move to and incorporated into the new Bay State Brewing Company space.

“With the changing landscape of downtown Worcester, we wanted to create a crafted kitchen and cocktail bar that will be reminiscent of Still & Stir and The Citizen.” said Niche Hospitality Owner Mike Covino. “We will still look forward to welcoming hockey fans, Palladium concert goers, and other DCU Center attendees before and after their events.

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