Worcester’s new concert hall and restaurant is Off The Rails
A new concert hall and restaurant are determined to “bring a little bit of Nashville to Worcester” this year. Southern-inspired music hall and restaurant Off the rails is the newest addition to the city’s downtown entertainment scene, with plans to accommodate both touring and local performers.
Located at 90 Commercial St., Off The Rails will replace the now closed Stir & Still Cocktail Bar. The newly renovated building will open for dining on July 17, while construction of the music hall part of the building will be completed in December.
“The music will revolve largely around the country genre, but will be influenced by genres such as rock, pop, bluegrass, folk and Americana,” said Chris Besaw, Managing Partner of Off the Rails. “Our goal is to bring a little bit of Nashville to Worcester.”
Off The Rails has previously announced plans to host live music seven nights a week from a small two-person stage located in the Dining Room (pictured below). A separate indoor music room will have a capacity of 500 people, while the venue’s beer garden will be able to “work in conjunction” with the Worcester Palladium to accommodate up to 10,000 people for full-scale performances.
“Our overall goal is to further define the downtown corridor as an entertainment destination,” says owner Cliff Rucker, “to take advantage of a unique opportunity to attract visitors to the market and ultimately , to have an economic and cultural impact on the city of Worcester.
Rucker also owns the Worcester Railers, a professional ECHL hockey team, as well as a 25 percent stake in the Worcester Palladium.
Take a look at the dining room and two-person stage below.