The idea of reusing a church as a restaurant is weird in my opinion. I went into Grace to have some dinner a while back and besides the fancy new bar they installed it felt like I was eating in a building that was still a church. Only instead of pews there were tables. It wasn't my cup of tea, but many other people seem to really like it. It tends to draw quite the snobby crowd, more so than many better restaurants around town.That's tragic. I just took some shots of a closed catholic church down here. These things are irreplaceable. Hopefully they can find some use for it. I know in Portland and New Bedford churches are reused as restaurants and art galleries; even colleges reuse them. Maybe something like that could happen in Fitchburg?
The art gallery idea is much better. On Munjoy hill (in Portland) they demolished St Lawrence church, or at least the best looking tower part of it, and the other portion is being reused as a performing arts venue/theatre. Saint Dominics Church in the west end (again in Portland) is now the Irish Heritage Center. These structures can be reused, but as what takes some thinking about.