Maddi’s Cookery and Taphouse opened their doors on Monday, June 18th at 11 a.m. Executive Chef Christopher O’Harra told Mass Foodies, “I am very excited to be a part of this new venture. Adam has built something very special here and we cannot wait for Worcester to be a part of it.”
Maddi’s is owned and operated by Adam Hicks who is also the chef and owner of the Depot Street Tavern in Milford. Hicks attended Johnson & Wales University and went on to work in the corporate world of food service with O’Harra before opening his first restaurant in August of 2014. His latest venture, Maddi’s Cookery and Taphouse is located in the former home of The Perfect Game at 64 Water Street. Hicks feels that Worcester is the right city for his brand’s expansion. He aims to create an approachable atmosphere for patrons of all ages.
Decor includes exposed brick, a thick-sealed concrete bar, and handcrafted furniture built with reclaimed wood. Maddi’s features 20 beers on tap and an outdoor patio that seats 100. According to Maddi’s website, the opening menu includes homemade porketta ravioli, pulled pork and poblano meatloaf, and a braised reuben “handheld.”
O’Harra was awarded first prize in the people’s choice category at the 2018 Worcester’s Best Chef Competition representing Flying Rhino Cafe & Watering Hole. He announced his departure from Flying Rhino at the end of March in favor of new opportunities at Maddi’s. O’Harra brings nearly two decades of experience in Worcester’s dining scene and has learned to favor creative and seasonal dishes that lend themselves to hospitable service.