Ryan Reynolds Film Scenes to be Shot in Worcester

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Article by Walter Bird Jr. | @worcestermag

Holly-Worcester is at it again. Hot on the heels of Liam Neeson bringing his particular set of skills to Worcester to film his new movie “Honest Thief,” the new flick “Level Up” is scheduled to start filming here next week. Or is it “Free Guy?”

A flyer sent around the Franklin Street area referred to film as “Level Up,” while a recording at a phone number listed on the flyer called it “Free Guy.”

Either way, the movie is a Twentieth Century production starring Ryan Reynolds, and scenes are being filmed on Franklin Street.

Sam Morris, manager of Brew on the Grid at 56 Franklin St., told Worcester Magazine he was told filming would run Sunday through Thursday, and that his business, a popular spot at the corner of Franklin and Portland streets, would be used as a set location. He said they will also being doing “some minor catering.”

“They haven’t really told me a lot,” Morris said, adding he does not know whether Reynolds will be on site for the filming. “I assume so, but I’m not entirely positive.”

Morris said the entire interior of Brew on the Grid would be changed for the filming, and some false walls would be constructed.

“When it’s actually in the movie,” he said, “it certainly won’t look entirely like Brew, but it will be Brew.”

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Students Vie for Funniest College Kid Title at WooHaHa!

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Article by Victor D. Infante | Telegram
WORCESTER – Did you hear the one about the WPI student who crashed a Holy Cross party? No? Well, if there’s a punchline to this joke, you’ll find it at the Funniest College Kid in the City Competition at WooHaHa!. Ten students representing Worcester’s colleges will each deliver five-minute sets, which will be judged on originality, performance and audience response. The winner gets the title and a paid feature set at the comedy club. And that’s no joke.

What: Funniest College Kid in the City Competition
When: 8 p.m. April 25
Where: The WooHaHa! Comedy Club, 50 Franklin St., Worcester
How much: $15

Get to Know 3 of Worcester’s Newest Bars

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Article by Hoodline

Want to check out the newest bars in Worcester? You’re in luck: we’ve found the freshest businesses to fill the bill. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you’re in search of a new bar near you.

City Bar & Grille
395 Chandler St.

Despite the down-home name, the food is on the higher end of tavern food. (Executive chef Al Soto previously worked at Troquet on South in Boston, according to telegram.com.) Look for the likes of streak frites, short rib with root vegetables and a roasted beet salad. Craft cocktails are the speciality of the bar.

Revolution Pie and Pint
50 Franklin St.

Located in the Bancroft Hotel, it offers build-your-own pizzas with four kinds of sauce, seven cheese options and countless meats and veggies. Or, go with a house speciality pie, like The Clark (fig sauce, crispy prosciutto, brandy figs, goat cheese) or The Becker (buffalo sauce, mozzarella, roasted chicken, red onion, chives). Choose from a long list of craft brews, from lighter wheats and pilsners, to stouts, IPAs and sour beers.

Beer Garden Worcester
64 Franklin St.

Beer Garden Worcester is a beer bar and traditional American spot, now re-opened after a winter in hibernation.

Its outdoor picnic tables, fireplaces and TVs are back. So are its 36 craft beers on tap, and the elevated pub-style menu of burgers, sausages and snacks. Look for live music and comedy acts, as well.

Comedy-club manager to open WooHaHa! downtown Jan. 18

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Article by Richard Duckett

WORCESTER — John Tobin once ran the room at the comedy club at the former Aku-Aku restaurant on East Central Street in the mid-1990s and was happy to do it. It was a commute from West Roxbury for Tobin, but comedy always had a big pull for the Boston native. Tobin’s first job in comedy was as a doorman at a comedy club. “I would have worked for free. I always loved comedy,” he said.

Along the way, he also dreamed of being mayor of Boston. That’s not a joke. Tobin was elected to five terms on the Boston City Council. He is first vice president for city and community affairs at Northeastern University. But Tobin has also established quite a big name for himself on the Boston comedy scene.

Now he’s heading west again, and it is a laughing matter. “Worcester’s a great comedy city,” Tobin said.

As the owner of John Tobin Presents, Tobin will be operating and booking acts at the WooHaHa! Comedy Club at 50 Franklin St., which is scheduled to open Jan. 18 with featured comedian Paul Mecurio (numerous appearances on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”). Meanwhile, Jan. 4 will see the debut of Roar! Comedy Club in the Armory at MGM Springfield, which John Tobin Presents will produce and book shows for. Comedian Roy Wood Jr. opens.

Among other comedy clubs John Tobin Presents also operates and books are Laugh Boston and Nick’s Comedy Stop in Boston, and The Comedy Scene at Patriot Place in Foxboro.

At WooHaHa! in the Grid District the 130-seat comedy club will be alongside the new Revolution Pie + Pint and Craft Table & Bar.

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Brew Beer Garden in Grid District to open Friday

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Article in the WBJournalThe Brew Beer Garden, the long anticipated beer garden in the Grid District, has released its list of 40 beers on tap as it ramps up for its Friday opening.

The beer is sourced from all over the world, but only one – Hopulence from Shrewsbury Street’s Wormtown Brewery – comes from Worcester. None of the three other operating breweries in the city have a beer at the city’s newest beverage spot.

Of the 40 beers, 14 are brewed in the state. Framingham brewery Jack’s Abby Brewing Co. is the only other Central Massachusetts brewer to have a spot on the list with its Hoponius Union IPL.

The beer garden plans to be open from spring to fall and include live music, a house DJ and a dance floor.The Brew Beer Garden, which replaces a former cinema at 64-66 Franklin St., will have a partly-covered outdoor terrace that’s slated to be open three seasons of the year, thanks to fire pits and heaters.

Grid District Building Out for Explosive Year

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Interview with Steven Carter of the Grid District.

The Grid District development just across Franklin Street from the Worcester Common already has 400 residential units and a few popular eateries, including the cafe Brew on the Grid and the Mediterranean restaurant Techni. Much more is still to come, including a highly anticipated beer garden set to open next year. Steven Carter, the Grid District’s director of operations, sees the development contributing to a growing downtown.

We saw demolition of the old Paris Cinema begin over the summer. How is the project progressing?
The demolition has been a bit like surgery, trying to take the theater out with all the buildings surrounding it. In some cases, it’s been a brick at a time. We’re shooting for Stix, an Asian noodle bar, to be open by the first week of October. For the Beer Garden, which will have 200 outdoor seats and 200 indoors, we’re probably open for next St. Patrick’s Day.

You also have space being built out on the ground floor of Bancroft on the Grid. What’s set to go in there?
We’ll have Pie & Pint, a pizzeria, and Craft Table & Bar, a casual farm-totable eatery, along with WooHaHa, a 100-seat comedy club open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. We’re hoping to have that open by December. For residents upstairs, we’re planning what we’re calling Grid Service, a room service for the apartments.

What else is on the horizon?
We have a 5,000-square-foot retail space in the back of Bancroft on the Grid that I’m hoping could be a microbrewery. I am looking for a brewery, I just haven’t found a brewery yet.

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Opening a Vault of Opportunity

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Article from itemlive.com by Daily Item Staff

A developer invests $14 million downtown to turn a tired bank building into an apartment and mixed-use complex with expectations of filling it with new residents by Labor Day.

It’s hard to imagine better news for downtown and the city as a whole. A multi-million investment in the city’s center is a vote of confidence by a developer that is bound to be noticed and duplicated by other developers.

The Vault, as the former bank has been rechristened, has become the latest example of how downtown, building by building, can be revived and renewed.

The tenants moving into the market-rate apartments are people who are investing in the city’s future by choosing to live here. They will shop in Lynn, they will use the commuter rail, they will invite their friends over for dinner or a concert at Veterans Memorial Auditorium and show them Lynn’s true potential.

Some of The Vault’s tenants could become future Lynn homeowners. Some may even open a business here and hire residents. It is hard to understate the potential for a project like The Vault to catch the eye of real estate developers and investors seeking new opportunities.

The skilled transformation at Willow Street and Central Avenue into renovated homes for people living in the middle of the city is exciting. It’s exciting to think about tenants from around the Boston area and the nation moving to Lynn to live in new apartments and enjoy the coffee shop and pizza bar planned for The Vault. The Vault’s residents will eat at Rossetti, RF O’Sullivans and The Blue Ox and shop or buy coffee in other downtown businesses.

Real estate owners and developers in Lynn look at a project like The Vault and see a snowball effect, picking up momentum and piling up a mountain of opportunity in Lynn. Opportunity has already found a home downtown with residential developments in former office and retail buildings.

Most of those projects unfolded on a scale smaller than the 47-unit Vault project. Developers and investors in other communities will become of Lynn’s transformation. The Vault will catch their eye because it represents development and investment in downtown on a larger scale than previously undertaken.

The fact that Quincy-based MG2 Group invested in Lynn will intrigue other developers who will ask themselves and one another, “If they did it, maybe I should think about investing in Lynn.”

That sort of thinking drew developers to bring a resurgence to Somerville and to revive Salem. A project executed on a bold scale like The Vault is a message to developers to come to Lynn and invest in a vibrant downtown.

It takes years for downtowns to decline economically and it takes years to bring them back. The work can begin one building at a time with new residents moving downtown and new businesses following them into the district and attracting customers.

The Vault deserves to be celebrated and duplicated for the benefit of all of Lynn.