New owner for Café Noir in Shrewsbury receives common victualer license


By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter


Shrewsbury – After 11 years as part of Bean Counter Bakery Café organization, the popular Café Noir located at 307 Grafton Street was sold to Charles Carroll, owner of Café Edesia in Gardner, Mass. several weeks ago.

On Feb. 23 Carroll appeared before the Board of Selectmen in a public hearing on the matter of a common victualer license.

He said, “We are looking to reopen that [Café Noir] and keep it going as an existing business.”

Carroll plans to keep the establishment essentially the same, with similar hours, and as COVID-19 conditions improve, operating hours will be expanded accordingly.

Selectman Maurice DePalo suggested building in extra hours on the license to accommodate flexibility.

Initial operating hours will be Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Bean Counter Bakery Café, under the ownership of Alice Lombardi, has other locations, one in Shrewsbury and two in Worcester.  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

There was no public comment and the Selectmen unanimously granted the license to Carroll who will keep the board posted as to when Café Noir will reopen.

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