Select Board votes not to renew Civic Kitchen & Drink lease

Civic Kitchen is located at 121 West Main Street. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

Westborough – Last October, the Civic Kitchen & Drinks restaurant at Westborough Country Club closed to repair damage caused by a fire. It was scheduled to open this spring.

Civic Kitchen & Drink opened in 2016. However, Civic Kitchen & Drink has been permanently closed due to an assessment of the building by the town.

At its meeting on Tuesday, January 24, the Select Board decided not to pursue renewal of the restaurant’s lease, which expires on March 1.

The golf course and pro shop will be open as usual this spring.

“We’re definitely keeping our golf clubs open,” said town manager Christy Williams.

Williams says the repairs alone will cost about $800,000.

“We were disappointed” that the restaurant was unable to renew its lease, said board chairman Ian Johnson. “We had successful tenants…the town has been renting out restaurants for nearly 50 years.”

Williams said the recreation department is exploring options such as food trucks.

The Board discussed forming a committee to determine the future use of the building.

According to Johnson, the site is between 7,000 and 8,000 square feet, “a lot of which is unused.”

“We want to do this quickly,” Johnson said.

Details of the proposed committee will be announced at a future board meeting.

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Westborough Country Club will use a portion of the proceeds to make multiple purchases.

The Recreation Department is presenting three articles about these purchases in this spring’s annual town meeting warrant.

  • Indoor Golf Simulator ($50,000)
  • Utility vehicle replacement ($50,000)
  • Rough lawn mower replacement ($95,000)

All three clauses require funds to be transferred from the club’s earnings account, and all three clauses require a simple majority vote.

The annual town meeting will be held at Westborough High School on March 25th at 9:00 am.

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