Add another Canal District restaurant to the closing list - Maddi's Cookery and Taphouse on Water Street. This is the district's fifth restaurant to announce its closing in the last several weeks as it now joins Smokestack Urban Barbecue, Buck's Whiskey and Burger Bar, Broth, and the Hangover Pub. While the Canal District has had some good spots, its haphazard development has been a drawback. Things have been spread out without being very concentrated resulting in many dead spots. It was thought that Polar Park would attract more businesses and correct that issue. That however is not happening two years in with the area presently taking a step back. Perhaps as people put Covid behind them with life returning to the former normal and new projects are completed, the area can rebound and better meet expectations. Given that the very expensive public cost ($100M+) of the baseball park is tied to tax revenues within the district, Worcester taxpayers better hope so.