Founder of Kennedy’s Restaurant and Market in Marlborough dies


Founder of Kennedy’s Restaurant and Market in Marlborough dies
Kennedy’s Restaurant. (Photo/Submitted)

MARLBOROUGH – Dennis Kennedy, the proprietor of Kennedy’s Restaurant and Market, died on Friday, Feb. 17, according to Short & Rowe Funeral Home.

A former chef, he and his wife, Carolyn, developed and operated the Coach Lite restaurant on Main Street in 1973 before opening Kennedy’s in 1981.

“I took all I had including my home and bought an old house that was being used as a private club and with the support of my family began my dream,” Kennedy told Boston Voyager magazine in 2017. “My wife, Carolyn, left her career in nursing and did the interior decorating, menu planning and ran the front of the house. All my children followed suit and did whatever was necessary from dish-washing to serving to cooking.”

Celebrities have dined at Kennedy’s, including John F. Kennedy Jr. and actress Marcia Cross.

Under the direction of the Short & Rowe Funeral Home, calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. The funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew’s in Southborough.

Burial will be private. 

His complete obituary will be available at a later time.

Correction: This article originally said the calling hours were from 4-6 p.m.; hours will be from 2-6 p.m.

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