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Downtown Framingham Highlights

Framingham Downtown Renaissance is dedicated to guiding Downtown Framingham to its most vibrant future. Our mission is to promote, drive, and implement the revitalization of Downtown Framingham by collaborating with residents, Town of Framingham officials, and private stakeholders supporting a shared vision. We are committed to making Downtown Framingham a great place to live, work and visit.

Downtown Framingham


Existing businesses are the most important building blocks for a downtown revitalization program. Knowing the types of businesses located in Downtown Framingham is an essential component of FDR’s “asset inventory” that will be used to evaluate the area's economic makeup, challenges, and opportunities. The following asset inventory is the first step in analyzing Downtown Framingham’s market, a process that will help guide business assistance and recruitment programs, marketing efforts, and help develop new economic opportunities.

Downtown Framingham Entertainment Downtown Framingham has a wide variety of local things to do. Entertainment venues include a vibrant arts center in a revamped fire station, restaurants and pubs featuring live music, community theatre performance space, art galleries and studios, to name a few.


Amazing Things Arts The former brick fire station houses a nonprofit venue that offers jazz, classical, folk, cabaret, world music, and rock performances. The second floor accommodates an art and photography  gallery that features exhibits, indie film nights, theatre, spoken word, and children’s and youth programs. The Center showcases nationally known performers, and provides diverse, often star-studded opportunities for local artists as well.

Danforth Art Established as a grass roots organization in 1975 by a committed group of citizens, Danforth Art has grown to become a vital cultural resource, with its collection of American art, changing exhibits of contemporary artists, classes and workshops in its school, and a variety of community outreach programs.

Framingham Public Library The main branch of the Framingham Library is located in the heart of Downtown Framingham, and is the local resource for notably prolific library services. Amenities include children's entertainment, historic and artistic lectures, musical programs and cultural events that are offered free to the public and appeal to folks of all ages. More than 11,000 children and 5,500 adults attend programs annually.

Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery Founded by artists Cheryl Clinton and Marie Craig in 2011, Fountain Street Fine Art is an artist-run membership-based gallery that exhibits contemporary work by emerging and mid-career artists.  Since opening in the base level of the Bancroft Building, the Gallery highlights solo shows, collaborative projects and group shows.

Performing Arts Center of MetroWest PAC is a nonprofit, community arts and educational space with programs and instructors that provide high-quality coaching in music, theater and dance. Home to the PAC Family Players, Framingham Community Theater and Moving West Repertory Dance Theatre, the Center offers individual instruction in musical instruments, voice and acting classes – as well as workshops in music, theatre, and dance and theatre performance opportunities for children, teens and adults.

Railroad Six Sports bar and entertainment with all the charm of a local watering hole.

Fountain Street Studios

The Chicken Bone

A thriving artists’ community of more than six dozen artists, crafters and photographers share space in the infamous Bancroft Building, a refurbished factory located on Fountain Street. Twice a year, artists open their studios to the public. The rest of the year, visits are by appointment.

The Tavern

The Route 135 lounge is best known for its blues band performances, but the venue also showcases rock, funk and jazz artists as well. This classic pub features live music on the weekends and dart and pool leagues during the week. Besides open-microphone comedy and jam nights, the Tavern also hosts and sponsors charitable entertainment events regularly.

Tropical Café This restaurant features karaoke on Thursday and live Brazilian-themed entertainment on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. framingham downtown renaissance | Downtown Framingham Highlights


Foodie Café 102 Fountain Street Eclectic American menu features homemade soups, sandwiches, paninis, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and baked goods.

Framingham Bakery 840 Waverly Street

Downtown Framingham Dining Downtown Framingham is home to a world of cuisine and some All-American favorites. Each restaurant reflects the unique ways that food is offered, prepared, served and displayed the world over. Anastasia's Oven and Grille 12 Union Avenue Traditional American favorites with Greek and Brazilian flavors. Pasta, grinders, seafood, salads and pizza.


New England dinner rolls, breads, cinnamon buns and sheet pizzas made from scratch. Since 1917.

Framingham Sub & Pizza Shop 193 Concord Street 193 Concord Street. Middle Eastern and Italian specialties including falafel, pizza, pasta, calzones, gyros and salads.

Frescafe 82 Concord Street American breakfast and lunch diner with a gourmet flair and farm fresh ingredients. During the summer months, Frescafe specials include items made with vegetables from the Downtown Farmers Market and Hansons Farm.

Isla Restaurant 672 Waverly Street Guatemalan and Latin American dishes.

Aztec Restaurant 2 Waverly Street An array of Mexican dishes and baked goods.

Deluxe Depot Diner 417 Waverly Street Eclectic take on American diner-style cuisine. This vintage H. H. Richardson train depot with its preserved high-vaulted ceilings and working fireplaces provide a rare visit to the past for commuters, travelers and locals alike.

Doña Sofia Pupusas Y Tacos 20 Concord Street Authentic food from El Salvadora, including handcrafted tortillas and pupusas. Doña Sofia’s achieved the Number 8 slot in Yelp’s Top Framingham Restaurants List for 2013.

doña sofia pupusas y tacos

La Cantina Italiana 911 Waverly Street Italian cuisine. This Waverly Street restaurant has been in business for more than 65 years.

La Casa Del Chicharron 18 Irving Street 18 Irving Street. Specialties in Dominican and Caribbean buffet.

Padaria Brasil Bakery 163 Concord Sreet and 61 Hollis Street Brazilian sandwiches, breads, pastries and desserts. Custom birthday and wedding cakes

Pao Brazil Bakery 596 Waverly Street Brazilian bakery and short order items.

Pho Dakao 101 Concord Street Vietnamese fine dining featuring steamed and fresh ingredients.

Terra Brasilis 94 Union Avenue Traditional Brazilian buffet and rotisserie barbecue.

Tropical Cafe 95 Hollis Street Brazilian barbecue, including buffet and rodizio.

Waverly Market 684 Waverly Street Italian butcher and deli, freshly pasta, homemade dishes and desserts, homemade sausages, artisan cheeses and cured meats.

Wings Over Framingham 624 Waverly Place American favorites like ribs, sandwiches and salads. Patrons order wings by weight and can select from several flavors and sauces.

Pueblito Paisa Colombia Restaurant 66 Hollis Street Colombian appetizers, soups, meals, drinks and desserts – including tamales, lechona, empanadas and arroz and flan. framingham downtown renaissance | Downtown Framingham Highlights


Downtown Framingham Manufactoring


Jack’s Abby Brewing Company

Hogan Brothers Coffee Roasters

Jack’s Abby brews all of its lagers in its 4,500 square foot production brewery in Framingham, MA. The brewery features a tasting room and gift shop. Jack’s Abby offers tours of the facility as well. The company’s beers, distributed by Atlantic Importing Company, are available at bars, restaurants, and liquor stores throughout Massachusetts. Beer is available in kegs, 64 ounce growlers, and half liter bottles. The brewery also has a small garden next door for growing hops and brewing spices, which are used in some Jack’s Abby Brewing lagers.

Two brothers, Jay and Jim Hogan founded the business in 1996 and have been roasting successfully ever since. These pioneers of the micro-roast are passionate about providing the best coffee to their customers by handcrafting unique blends and ensuring that all beans are roasted to perfection. Hogan Brothers produces over 45 varieties of conventional and organic coffee.

Framingham Downtown Renaissance, Inc. 129 Concord Street, Suite 25 Framingham, MA 01702 Holli Andrews, Executive Director 508.861.3289 @FDR_MainSt Framingham Downtown Renaissance, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit. All contributions are tax deductible.

special thanks to following contributors design : : Framingham State University, Art + Music Department, Assistant Professor Stephanie Grey, Advanced Graphic Design Class, Fall 2013 photography : : Dan Schullman, Elsa Hornfischer, Naomi Zahler, Holli Andrews, Gateway Media, Sarah Roberge, Shanay Walker, Jaclen Lapham, Amy Castellano, Ashley Ferris, Olivia Reardon downtown overview contributor : : Susan Petroni printing : : Wing Press

Downtown Framingham :: Highlights  

This asset inventory is the first step in analyzing Downtown Framingham's market, a process that will help guide business assistance and rec...