The next steps begin for former Civic Kitchen space in Westborough


The next steps begin for former Civic Kitchen space in Westborough
Months after it closed, the Civic Kitchen & Drink sign can still be seen at the Westborough Golf Club. A new committee is looking into how best to use the building that formerly housed the restaurant. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

WESTBOROUGH – The pictures were still on the walls — photos of town landmarks such as the Westboro Speedway and Eli Whitney’s marker.

There was also a menu from 2019, along with some leather chairs.

These are a few of the reminders of the space that was once the Civic Kitchen & Drink restaurant. It closed in late January when the Select Board decided not to pursue a Request for Proposals to renew the lease. That decision came after an assessment from the Department of Public Works revealed that the building needed significant repairs.

With the Civic gone, the new Golf Club Building Reuse Committee convened for the first time on Monday, April 24, at the club. Its purpose — to determine how best to utilize the building, which was built around 1910 as a private residence.

The committee chose Ian Johnson, the Select Board’s representative, as chairman; Maura Shunney as vice chair; and Jen Kirkland, director of the Recreation Department, as secretary.

After a discussion of the committee’s goals, golf pro and committee member Matt Griffith led the group on a tour of the building.

He showed places where restaurant equipment once stood, the bar, the stoves, the offices. The group then went onto the outdoor deck, where diners once enjoyed summer evenings under the lights.

After the tour, the committee discussed possible next steps.

“We’re a very, very busy nine-hole course,” said Griffith. “We would benefit from a functional clubhouse” that could host meetings, functions and more.

Because of his background in helping to build two clubhouses “from scratch,” Griffith said he could come up with some ideas for the next meeting.

Members also suggested creating a survey that could be sent to residents.

The committee will meet on May 10 and 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall. For updates, visit

Although the restaurant portion has closed, the golf course and pro shop remain open.

For information about the Westborough Golf Club, visit


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