Thursday, December 20, 2012

Barry Maiden of Hungry Mother Is Opening State Park in Cambridge's Kendall Square

[Ed note: This article was edited in December of 2012 and May of 2013 to reflect new information given, including the fact that Hungry Mother will be opening a second location, rather than moving from their original space. The May update also includes a name for the place as well as when it may open, what kind of cuisine it will offer, and its exact location.]

The person behind one of the most highly-regarded restaurants in the Boston area is going to be opening a second restaurant, and it won't be very far from their original space.

Eater Boston is reporting (via The Boston Globe) that Barry Maiden of Hungry Mother in Cambridge is planning to open a restaurant at One Kendall Square, which also happens to be up for sale, according to the Globe. At this point in time, it is not known exactly which space the eatery will move into at One Kendall Square, which is currently home to several dining spots including Belly Wine Bar, The Blue Room, Cambridge Brewing Company, Tommy Doyle's, Flat Top Johnny's, The Friendly Toast, and West Bridge.

Earlier it appeared that Hungry Mother might be moving from Cardinal Medeiros Avenue to One Kendall Square, but a more recent Boston Globe article states that this will actually be a second restaurant, with this one possibly being a "Jewish deli with modern touches." The Globe says that the new spot is expected to open sometime in 2013.

[May 10, 2013 update: According to a License Commission General Hearing page within the City of Cambridge website, Alon Munzer of Hungry Mother has applied for an all alcoholic beverages as a restaurant license for the upcoming restaurant, which will be in Building 300 at One Kendall Square. It looks like the upcoming eatery could have 143 seats inside, with 48 additional seats outside, and that it might be open from 7:00 AM to 2:00 AM daily. The name "Slawdog" is given in the post, though it appears that this is probably the name of the business entity.]

[May 16, 2013 update: Eater Boston says that the name of the new restaurant from the Hungry Mother folks will be State Park, and that it will be taking over the former Think Tank space with a possible September opening in the works. EB also mentions that the new spot will be a casual eatery with at least some Southern-influenced fare, so the earlier reports on it being a deli may no longer be accurate. (Keep checking back for updates.)]

[December 15, 2013 update: According to a series of posts on Barry Maiden's Facebook page over the past few days, State Park went through a soft opening over the weekend and it now looks like the place could officially open on Tuesday. One of the posts also mentions that the new spot is a restaurant and "dive bar."]

[December 17, 2013 update: Eater Boston confirms that State Park opens today, with its doors officially opening at 5:00 PM.]

Hungry Mother first opened in 2008, bringing to the Kendall Square area a place to get inventive Southern-style dishes with French and regional New England influences. Its address is 233 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02141, and their website can be found at