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weekend brunch & sunday funday

saturdays & sundays join us for brunch 10am-2pm

sunday dinner begins this weekend at 4pm 

and as always, we can't wait to make you a drink. therefore our bar is open all day long! 

locations & hours

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location

281 main st.
worcester, ma 01608

restaurant hours

all day drinks on the bar

dinner

tuesday-thursday

5pm-10pm

friday & saturday

5pm-11pm

sunday funday

4pm-10pm

weekend brunch

saturday & sunday

10am-2pm

cafe

monday-friday

8am-3pm

cafe

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the cafe at deadhorse hill is open monday- friday from 8 am to 3 pm. homemade pastries available all day, we are here for your mid day chocolate chip cookie craving! lunch begins at 11 am offering daily sandwich specials, homemade potato chips and salads. we are proudly serving parlor coffee from brooklyn and a selection of teas from in pursuit of tea and MEM. drip coffee, espresso and cold brew all day long!

Let us come to you! 

we are now offering breakfast and lunch catering! let us cater your next office luncheon, bridal shower or book club! a breakfast platter, pastry platter, sandwich platter, our sides and salads can all be put together by your own selection or leave it up to us and we will gather an assortment. beverages too! we have coffee, hot or cold togo, iced teas and spindrift sodas. please review our morning and lunch offerings, then give us a call! with enough advance notice we can accommodate most requests. orders can be ready for pick up or with a minimum we are happy to come to you. we're already excited to bring you your next meal!

Our daily offerings may vary but heres what to expect on the breakfast counter:

breakfast sandwich

brown sugar & golden raisin coffee roll with orange

banana poppy seed scones

buttermilk biscuts with butter and jam

corn muffins

whole wheat kouign-amanns

seasonal fruit hand pies

german chocolate cake

chocolate chip cookies

and more!

Our Lunch menu is updated daily too in the cafe menu!

about

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deadhorse hill is a restaurant and cafe on Worcester's Main Street. It takes its name from a steep incline on Stafford Street where early settlers' horses would collapse trying to scale the hill. Later, in the early 1900s, automobiles tested their might in a one mile race to the summit.


The restaurant and cafe are located in what used to be the first floor of the 'Bay State House' hotel, which served as the headquarters for the Worcester Automobile Club, who held the Dead Horse Hill Climb from 1905-1911.


The hotel itself was a prominent location for social, political, and business meetings, likely in part due to their world class restaurant.


We intend to return this space and neighborhood to its former glory. We intend to earn the right to call ourselves deadhorse hill.

sean woods

drinks

Sean Woods’ career path certainly wasn’t traditional or expected. It’s not often that one goes from guitarist for a major label rock band to beverage director and co-owner of a restaurant. Born in Queens and raised in Florida, Sean was always fascinated by music, but despite countless pleas for a guitar every Christmas and birthday, it wasn’t until he was 20 and had moved to California that he finally bought one for himself. Completely self-taught, Sean was welcomed to play with local bands within just a few months. It wasn't long before Sean became guitarist for the hardcore rock band, Open Hand, and toured extensively all over the world.

Seeking a lifestyle change, Sean moved to Boston in 2008 and joined the team at Tony Maws’ Craigie on Main where he learned how to operate a fine dining restaurant for four years. Following, he landed at Paul Maslow’s neighborhood restaurant, Strip T’s in Watertown, as manager. Then, five weeks before Tim Maslow was slated to open his first concept, ribelle, Sean was asked to come on board as bar manager, despite having never before made a cocktail professionally. Over the next few weeks, he read every relevant book he could, met a number of the city’s leading bartenders, and staged at some of the area’s most prominent cocktail bars, including Eastern Standard, Brick & Mortar, Steele & Rye, and No. 9 Park. By the time ribelle opened, Sean had developed an impressive menu that featured nods to classics as well as a handful of originals.

Now, in Spring 2016, Sean brings his talent and flair for creativity behind the bar to his first owned and operated restaurant & café, deadhorse hill, in downtown Worcester.

jared forman

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Born and raised in Brooklyn as a diehard Mets fan, Jared’s earliest memories of food was the diversity the city had to offer. From Sunday red sauce Italian dinners at home with the family, to Chinese, Thai, and Indian in Queens, to french and upscale restaurants in Manhattan, he couldn’t get enough of how varied the flavors and experiences were there.

Jared first pursued an associates degree in chemistry and math at Hunter and Queensborough Colleges before realizing his real passion and applying to the culinary arts program at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. The official launch of Jared’s culinary career came when he landed an internship at the critically-acclaimed Per Se in New York where he was provided the opportunity to work and truly learn about kitchen operations. Next, he took a position at momofuku noodle bar before moving over to momofuku Ssäm Bar shortly after its opening.

After three years with David Chang, Jared joined the team at Michael White’s Marea and spent six months between the pasta and crudo stations. He then secured a job as line cook at Gramercy Tavern working under Michael Anthony and in the pastry kitchen with Nancy Olson.

Jared then moved to Massachusetts to help Tim & Paul Maslow run Strip T’s in Watertown as Chef de Cuisine and open Ribelle in Brookline,
MA. While there, he was able to experiment, cook the food he loves, connect with customers, and help reinvigorate the longstanding neighborhood favorite. There, he met Sean Woods, his future business partner.

Now, Jared & Sean open deadhorse hill, a refined American restaurant & café in downtown Worcester. Leading the charge in the city’s dining
revival, 33-year-old Jared looks forward to bringing his passion and talent to his first owned & operated space.

bert laValley

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Born and raised in Western, MA, Albert LaValley attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. Beginning as an electrician in the construction industry while in school, he secured a position with a large mechanical engineering firm following graduation. Rising quickly through the ranks, Albert left the firm after seven years as a Vice President. In 2014, Albert founded his own engineering firm, Sustainable Comfort, Inc., specializing in sustainable housing where he improves multifamily homes by making these buildings more efficient.

In 2015, friends and future business partners Jared Forman and Sean Woods asked Albert for his help opening their first restaurant in a historic 160-year-old space in downtown Worcester. Looking for a way to blend his entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for storied buildings and local preservation & growth, he came on board as coowner and CFO of deadhorse hill.

The 31-year-old joined Jared and Sean in building deadhorse hill from the ground up, seeking ways to preserve the integrity of the original space and utilize its unique elements, including authentic brick walls that had been boarded up, improving upon the aged parquet ceiling, and more. Now, the restaurant is a combined representation of historic Worcester and the revitalization & growth of the city.

private events

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deadhorse hill is available for semi private parties and full buyouts. lunch, brunch or dinner, surprises and showers! for a semi private party in the evening and on the weekends, our cafe can accommodate between 10- 20 guests seated and up to 30 guests for a cocktail gathering. for viewings and inquiries please complete our event questionairre.


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gift cards

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deadhorse hill gift cards have arrived! let someone special know that you want them to eat good! gift cards are available for purchase in the cafe and restaurant during regular business hours. out of towner you say? don't worry, give us a call! we are happy to help you purchase and send out a gift card for giving. we look forward to being apart of your generosity!

contact

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We'd love to hear from you. Fill out the form below to contact us

with any questions, comments, or other matters.

ph:774-420-7107

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jobs

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deadhorse hill is always excited to add new talent to our team. if you're interested in working with us, please send your resume along with a brief introduction about yourself to jobs@deadhorsehill.com

press

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Family feud

CommonWealth Magazine | Aug 18, 2016

Cafe by Day, Restaurant by Night

Eater Boston | Aug 15, 2016

Summer Means Oysters, Mussels, and White Wine

Mass Foodies | Aug 10, 2016

Best Chicken Restaurants in the U.S.

MSN Lifestyle | Aug 3, 2016

Downtown Worcester gets new cafe

Worcester Business Journal | Jun 24, 2016

Date Night Zip Code Tour: 01605

Worcester Mag | Jun 2, 2016

Deadhorse hill restaurant opening in Worcester Friday

Worcester Business Journal | May 5, 2016

Deadhorse Hill Opens Friday in Worcester

Boston Magazine | May 5, 2016

It’s a cutthroat business.

Taste Worcester | Apr 21, 2016

It’s a cutthroat business

The Pulse Mag | Jan 5, 2016

Bite Sized: November 19th, 2015

Worcester Mag | Nov 19, 2015

Hot & Now: It’s an old Ritual

The Pulse Mag | Oct 6, 2015

Wormtown Rising: Where to Dine in Worcester

Boston Magazine | Jun 30, 2015

Hot & Now: Downtown to get another restaurant

The Pulse Mag | Mar 3, 2015

Fall Recipe Series - Mushroom Risotto

YouTube | Dec 22, 2014