Founded Jan. 25, 2010, Dining Out In Central Mass has been delighting readers and restaurants alike with an open forum of positive cuisine discussion. Mike Cooley began this Face Book page with the intent to not only inspire diners to "keep it local" but to boost to the struggling economy with restaurants in his area. We had visited a few restaurants one evening and I noticed that none of them were doing a “Booming” dinner hour and I thought something needs to change, our area needs some positive spin on our restaurants and pubs, so Mike decided to take action.
A tough economy inevitably leads to failed businesses. It's a sad fact that no one likes to see. The thought was maybe a little bit of free advertising through positive conversation amongst my friend list would give local businesses a little boost. I was home one evening and thought that a Web page that would promote locally owned places equally with an opportunity for their customers to pass along positive feedback may be an answer, and Dining Out In Central Mass was created on Face Book.
Once I created the page I added a few of the local restaurants that I would frequent and left some positive comments about them, the following morning there were over 100 people that had “Liked” the page overnight. The concept of the page is simple, share with us your favorite restaurants or pubs, your experience, a favorite server or special event, all we ask is to keep it positive, there are plenty of places to go to give a bad review, we are trying to promote business. Mike told OTS that people agree on the concept and about keeping comments nice, with over 4300 people on the page that he has only had to delete 1 person that just found the need to bash everyone.
Now with close to 5000 members I feel we are covering more ground, more restaurants and more diners than I ever imagined. DOICM has now developed a web page in addition to the Face Book page at www.doicm.com
This page will host reviews from locally owned restaurants in Allison’s Corner and from the Restaurant Rover. With the webpage we have the opportunity to provide money saving coupons to area restaurants that are exclusive to the visitors of the web page. We currently have close to 60 restaurants that post on the Face Book page with some frequency and more are welcome, any restaurant or pub is welcome to post on the page, all we ask is to keep the post “Food” related, we do not promote bands or fund raisers. The wonderful people in the industry I have met through this experience has inspired me to try to become more directly involved and I am currently shopping businesses locally. Stay tuned Massachusetts diners!!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 20:18
The Chocksett Inn – Sterling Mass
Thursday, 06 December 2012 17:38
The Chocksett Inn and Restaurant offers a comfortable and casual dining atmosphere. You can enjoy dinner in one of their two dining rooms. The Pub dining room with a casual atmosphere or the Fireside dining room with a cozy fire in the winter months. Enjoy dining on the canopied deck in the summer months.
Open for dinner Monday through Saturday, the Worcester County restaurant features a menu of Traditional and Classic New England dishes and a generous wine list.
The Chocksett Inn has developed a reputation for outstanding food and friendly hospitality. All of the dishes are made from the highest-quality local, seasonal ingredients available. Owners John and Nicole Moorshead recently purchased the Chocksett Inn and will continue to offer a beautiful setting for weddings or that special event as they do at their Colonial Hotel in Gardner Mass. Make Someone’s Stay Special with a Chocksett Gift Card
Gift cards are available in any denomination. Gift cards can be purchased with a credit card over the phone or customers are welcome to purchase them at the inn.
Restaurant Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 5pm-9pm (closed on Sunday and Mondays)
Reservations are suggested, please call: 978.422.3355 The Chocksett Inn is a proud member of the Independent Restaurant Group
Distinctive and Locally Owned The Independent Restaurant Group maintains a distinctly local flavor. The dozen restaurants currently in the IRG all bring a level of regional color and style that is unmatched by other restaurants. A unified business approach makes for an overall better restaurant experience for customers new to the local restaurant scene. It also allows members to reintroduce themselves to longtime residents.
The Gardner Ale House The Bootlegger The Colonial Grille The Chocksett Inn The Devens Grill The Gondola restaurant Happy Jacks South Side Grille Sean Patricks The Sonoma Slattery’s Restaurant
Toys For Tots
Thursday, 29 November 2012 16:07
I'd like to thanks our local restaurants for their support, The toys For Tots program is very important to me and it benefits so many local kid's. Toys For Tots, although a international foundation, they are also local, all toys collected stay in the county where they are collected and we could really use your help in brightening a kid's Christmas.
We have collection boxes at
The Blacksheep Tavern
The Luxury Box
Aunty Ellen's Bake Shop
Edward Jones Investments-Leominster
The Christmas Party is on December 13th at the Luxury Box and we will have 2 Marines joining us that evening to collect the toys. Thanks so much for your help.