WORCESTER — The phrase was that the Sahara Restaurant was closing its doorways Friday night time and although nobody from the Highland Road restaurant would verify that, a number of diners turned out to mark the restaurant’s ultimate day.
“We cried all week,” Nikki Allen mentioned of herself and her pal Amanda Whitner, who as soon as labored as a waitress and bartender on the restaurant.
The restaurant at 143 Highland St. opened within the late Nineteen Nineties on the website of the previous Alan Bilzerian clothes retailer and supplied Lebanese delicacies.
It was the alternatives that introduced Rhiannon Chiacchiaro again repeatedly throughout her days at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
“I used to be vegetarian in school and I might at all times discover one thing right here,” she mentioned Friday.
4 WPI seniors additionally made their approach into the restaurant on Friday however they have been first-timers stopping by to see what they’d been lacking after listening to in regards to the closure.
A part of the thriving Highland Road scene, the Sahara’s neighbors embrace the Sole Proprietor and The Boynton Restaurant.
Over time the Sahara has been a sizzling spot for leisure, internet hosting musical performers, stomach dancers and poetry teams.
What’s subsequent for the constructing stays unclear. It stays listed on the market at a value of $869,000 on the Kelleher & Sadowsky web site.
On the Worcester Eats Fb web page, some lamented the closure however famous that there aren’t often massive crowds. Some mentioned that pre-pandemic, late nights introduced bigger crowds, together with some who got here for the stay music.
Efforts this week to achieve Farid Aoude, who’s listed because the restaurant’s proprietor, have been unsuccessful.
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