Get Ready to Enjoy Downtown’s First Rooftop Bar at Mercantile Center
It’s finally happening…Worcester is getting a much-anticipated rooftop bar/restaurant and high-end steak house right in our backyard! No longer a throughway, Downtown has become a destination for visitors and locals alike. The Mercantile Roof Top Bar & Restaurant will be a two-story indoor/outdoor bar and eatery. It is set to open later this summer under the direction of The Broadway Hospitality Group — the same entity responsible for Tavern in the Square. The Mercantile Roof Top Bar & Restaurant will feature a rooftop deck and will boast 500-seats in a state-of-the-art dining area adjacent to Mercantile Center. In addition to The Mercantile Roof Top Bar & Restaurant, Ruth’s Chris Steak House will also open, in the fall of 2022. The upscale dining restaurant will feature 275 seats at 4 Mercantile.  

Want to make a lasting impression? Plans for a 65’ by 35’ mural on the facade at 2 Mercantile are also underway. Artists are encouraged to submit their proposals to Franklin Realty Advisors until June 1, 2021. This is your chance to leave your mark Downtown.
Spring Flowers Emerge in Force Downtown
Spring has sprung, and Downtown looks stunning if we do say so ourselves. The transformation is underway at this very moment. We contracted with Perrone Landscaping to mulch many tree pits in our District and Bemis Farms Nursery of Spencer to oversee the installation of more than 125 hanging flower baskets and 3 dozen sidewalk planters, here to stay until September. Beautification is a go for the summer of 2021, which is shaping up to be our most colorful and vibrant season yet!
"Make It!" at Technocopia
On June 26th, Downtown’s makerspace — Technocopia — will host a family-friendly day of demonstrations and free interactive workshops from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Printers Building parking lot located at the corner of Myrtle and Portland Streets. Not only will you be able to enjoy the fun demonstrations, you'll also have the opportunity to take a tour of their unique space on the 6th floor. This community maker festival is made possible by the Mass Cultural Council and will feature modular sculpture, large-scale weaving, screen printing, playful maker challenges, yarn bombing, PPE making, and more. Face masks will be required of all participants. In case of inclement weather, a rain date has been set for June 27th. Advance registration is recommended. Timed tickets for attending the event can be found on Eventbrite.

For more information, check out the event flyer: Here. Or, if you want to share your enthusiasm for making, take a look at volunteer opportunities: Here.
April Street Report
Ambassadors Brave April Showers To Keep Downtown Pristine
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Spring cleaning is underway, and the BID Ambassadors have the data to show for it. In April alone, the Ambassadors cleaned up 9 instances of graffiti and removed over 4,480 pounds of trash. In addition, they disposed of more than 9,000 cigarette butts from our District’s sidewalks and pressure-washed them for 36 hours. Starting April 1st, their hours grew to extend from 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. every day of the week, ensuring a warm welcome for visitors from dawn until well past dusk.
Opening Night of Julius Caesar on The Common Set For August 7th
The Hanover Theatre’s new repertory company THT Rep is bringing the drama all August long with live theater on the Common. You can expect more than just top-notch performances of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” with plenty to do Downtown before and after the show. Enjoy our curated evening and weekend programming beginning at 8 p.m. on opening night, August 7, and closing August 22 with the possibility to extend to 8/29. If extended, it will be announced in August. Shows are free to the public with pre-registration. 

Wear your best toga. Boo! Cheer! We want Downtown Worcester to feel like ancient Rome. Coming from out of town? The AC Hotel will offer discounted rates for audience members if you’d like to make a night of it.

Promotion of this program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism in connection with the My Local MA campaign.
 If Worcester's Walls Could Talk
Are you following us on social media? Check out our Facebook and Instagram posts this month detailing the stories behind some of Worcester’s Downtown murals. We have the POW! WOW! Worcester festival to thank for many of the creative masterpieces in our midst. With over 160 pieces of art across the city, POW! WOW! Worcester has set the tone for cultural innovation. Each and every wall has a story. There are even a few hidden gems you might have missed no matter how many times you’ve hit the streets Downtown. Get ready for our mural tell-all.

Beyond our beautiful murals, Downtown is an exciting hotspot of activity. As a result, we would love to hear from our own community. Any upcoming events, exciting news, or important business milestones?

Tell us about them! Share your Downtown stories and successes by emailing us.
June Community Meeting: Exciting Events and More This Summer
Our next community meeting will take place virtually on Friday, June 11th, from 9-10 a.m. Summer is just around the corner and so are a number of exciting events happening Downtown. Representatives from a number of organizations, including The Hanover Theatre, POW! WOW! Worcester, Technocopia, ArtsWorcester and more will be present to discuss their plans. Click below to RSVP. Don't miss our last meeting before we break for the summer!
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