ART OF FOOD
It’s hard to share a cultural story without including food. For this project we’ve partnered with Downtown Springfield’s small-business restaurants to highlight the diverse and growing population of small businesses in Springfield. Art is consumed many forms: Written, Visual, and through Music but have you ever stopped to think, there’s an Art in Food too?
350 GRILL STEAK HOUSE
350 Grill Steak House, located at 350 Worthington Street. Open Tuesday – Sunday. 350 Grill’s old world historic brick and contemporary décor creates an ambiance of fine dining. The patio can extend your dining experience to enjoy the sunny days or moonlit nights. In addition to a steak menu, they feature innovative contemporary offerings that change seasonally.
BarKaya is a new hotspot in downtown Springfield that offers Japanese-influenced sushi and ramen. The chef is well-known for his sushi. He was trained in Japan and has been making sushi for more than 30 years. Their style of service is new to the area. They offer a unique menu option called omakase, which translates to “leave it to the chef.” When you order omakase, you have an idea about what you will get, but it’s a tasting menu of 13 or 22 courses that is made in front of you by the chef. They also offer a range of different types of ramen and drinks.
BLAKE HOUSE CAFÉ
Enjoy breakfast and lunch at the Springfield Museums’ Blake House Café, which has been serving up freshly-made light fare since 2012. The Café is located in the historic Elijah Blake House and is operated by the owners of the popular Benson’s Bagels eatery on Sumner Ave. There is free Wi-Fi. Museum members get a 10% discount. Parking is always free in the Welcome Center lot and Museum admission is not required to dine at the Café.
CHEF WAYNE’S BIG MAMOU
With 20 years of experience cooking the best Cajun food this side of NOLA, Chef Wayne is excited to present his vision to you and all his guests. The Chef’s caring and committed staff ensures you will have a fantastic & fun experience. Visit 63 Liberty Street!
The locally owned coffee, soup and sandwich shop in Monarch Place is in the heart of downtown. Located in the lobby of the 29 floor building, this small business restaurant is only open until 2:30 P.M. serving upscale breakfast and lunch items.
Gino’s Pizza, a family owned restaurant, has been in the business over 10 years. Experience quality, right fresh food. Serving specialty pizza, sandwiches, grinders, and appetizers. Located at 459 Dwight Street.
GRANNY’S BAKING TABLE
Granny’s Baking Table is under construction and preparing to open on Bridge Street right next door to the Community Foundation of Western MA. Granny’s is a partnership between the talented folks behind Souper Sweet Sandwich Shop in Forest Park & Sidecar Bakery (a.k.a. the bicycle beignet guy!)
HOT OVEN COOKIES
Shelia Coon believes in the magic of cookies and has the sweetest story to share about her business: Hot Oven Cookies. Located at 1597 Main St, Springfield, MA, Shelia has big dreams of sharing the cookie love by one day, making her small business a franchise.
Hot Table creates fresh and delicious panini with family friendly service. Their unique round shaped artisan bread is stuffed with the freshest of ingredients. You can choose from one of their delicious signature panini or you can build your own from scratch. Each panini is individually made right in front of you and grilled to perfection on their “Hot Table” grill.
Mocha Emporium offers only the best selection of coffee. They have a number of different coffee flavors, including decaf, regular and flavored coffees, as well as chocolate treats for coffee and chocolate lovers alike.
Gather with friends and cheer on your favorite team at MVP.pub. The relaxed sports bar has delicious food, great drinks and a welcoming atmosphere. Watch the day’s biggest sporting events on big-screen TVs while you dine.
Nadim’s Mediterranean cuisine has been a favorite dining experience in Western MA since 2000. Operated by Nadim Kashouh, Nadim’s Mediterranean cuisine is known as the “go – to” Destination for authentic Mediterranean food. Nadim’s Mediterranean cuisine offers dine in, take out, order online, private parties, and catering.
211 WORTHINGTON ST. PUB
Their founder begins with the story of her Ukrainian grandmother, Babushka Vera, and the amazing pretzels she baked. 211 Worthington St. Pub has inherited that unique recipe of the “bulochka” pretzels. The scent fill the Stearns Square neighborhood, just as it did in her Ukrainian village. The restaurant is known for baskets of warm, freshly handmade pretzels, from Babushka Vera’s recipes. The ideal craft beer selection, wines, craft cocktails, and delicious sandwiches creates a taste like no other. 211 Worthington St. Pub’s founder is happy to share this amazing experience with the City of Springfield and Western Massachusetts for all to enjoy!
It all started as a little closet. Now? Nosh is a thriving restaurant located at 1341 Main St, Springfield, MA! Restaurant Owner, Terri Skinner brings a little bit of local goodness to downtown. Watch the video to hear her story!
The Palazzo Café offers the best in international breakfast and lunch. Stop in for a fresh brewed coffee, Cappuccino or Espresso with one of their dozens of pastries, or try one of their delicious panini, wraps or salads.
Raices Restaurant is located in downtown across the street from MGM Springfield. It offers authentic Puerto Rican cuisine, including a buffet. The sauce is a unique part of Puerto Rican food. The food is delicious and they want you to leave with having had a good experience and a heart full of joy.
A little taste of the Caribbean in the center of Downtown Springfield’s hustle and bustle. Located right on Main Street, Sol Karibe serves home-cooked Puerto food by day and turns into one of Main Street’s hottest nightlife spots when the sun goes down.
Enjoy Starbucks coffee and food in downtown Springfield. Get It Hot Or Iced. Iced Beverages. Bakery. Blended Coffees. Bottled Drinks. Types: Cold Brew, Espresso, Frappuccino Beverages, Macchiato, Tea, and more.
SUN KIM BOP
Sun Kim Bop started with a Korean immigrant’s nostalgia for her motherland’s cuisine. Determined to deliver the essence of Korea’s famous street food while not compromising her stance on natural ingredients from scratch, Sun experimented with rice buns and kimchi. She now presents it as the Bop burger. It is a unique rice bun burger whose crunchy and soft rice buns with Korean BBQ style meat and assorted garden vegetables have already gathered a band of loyal followers with its explosion of flavors.
SWEET IDEAS CAFE
Located downtown in the Marketplace building, 1365 Main St., Sweet Ideas Cafe offers customers a place to eat in a setting that feels like home, serving made-to-order food in a cozy atmosphere. Their menu – with all dishes available for under $10 – features breakfast fare like pancakes and eggs to fish and grits. For lunch, the cafe serves a daily special as well as everyday favorites, such as chicken and waffles or a cheeseburger and fries.
TAP SPORTS BAR
TAP Sports Bar at MGM Springfield showcases the greatest in professional and college sporting events while serving up fan-favorite food and an extensive beer selection. While rooting for the home team, eat, drink and take in the ultimate sports experience.
THE CHANDLER STEAKHOUSE
The Chandler Steakhouse at MGM Springfield has raised the bar for fine dining in downtown Springfield. The beauty of the historic Union Building atmosphere is complemented by a sophisticated food and drink menu. Featuring the finest in fine wines and aged cuts of meat, bringing Vegas level cuisine right to your door.
THEODORE’S BOOZE, BLUES & BBQ
Cajun and barbecue have been enduring menu themes throughout Theodores’ 30-plus year history. Theodore’s is fully licensed. The beverage program favors beer and mixed drinks; wine selections are limited to a handful of mass-market offerings. A popular downtown destination for lunch, Theodores’ has both sandwiches and salads from which to choose.
THE STUDENT PRINCE & THE FORT
The Student Prince has been a Springfield landmark since 1935. Back then, it was just the bar and booth area with about 20 beer steins on the wall. The dining room came in 1946, followed by a young gentleman named Rupprecht Scherff who began working at the restaurant in 1949 and took ownership in 1961. Rupprecht was the heart and soul of the restaurant until his death in 1996, during which time the Student Prince and Fort Restaurant became a local institution and the stein collection grew to be one of the largest in the United States. The Scherff family continued to operate the restaurant until 2014.