44 South Street Westborough Ma
The Central House has long been a fixture of the Westborough downtown area and dates back before the prohibition. It has been in the VanDam family since August of 1974, and in the Moynihan family for nearly 60 years prior. Under the Moynihan ownership women were not allowed in the bar room, although ironically it was run by women, Agnes and Effie Moynihan.
In 1974 a husband and wife couple named Fred and Helen VanDam moved from Roslindale to the country in order to run their new tavern. Fred never told Helen he had bought it until they got here. As many people could tell you Fred was not short on confidence regardless if what he was trying to do was possible or not. With many long hours and Helens famous cooking they became a staple of the community, and even opened the doors to women adding a ladies room that had never existed. Helen always said that if it were good enough for her it was good enough for anyone else. Helen had a heart of gold and never said no to anyone, always willing to donate to the police, fire department, veterans groups and community organizations; no one was ever excluded. She ruled the place with an iron fist and had the love and respect of everyone who knew her. Helen's grandson Dan Flood is the current general manager, 3rd generation of the family. Dan graduated Johnson and Wales University with a lengthy background in hospitality and customer service. He intends to keep the business going for many years, continuing the family tradition of offering great quality food at a reasonable price and ensuring everyone feel right at home when you walk through the door.