MARLBOROUGH – Kennedy’s Restaurant and Market is a neighborhood icon that has evolved with the times yet maintained its focus on family and community. During the pandemic, the restaurant was renovated, and a sizable patio was added for outdoor seating.
“We had to look for ways to stay open,” said owner Michael Kennedy. “For the restaurant, we were able to pivot and build the outdoor patio. And for the market, we opened the drive-through. We would put together weekly care packages for the staff. It kept us all connected. When tough times happen, you make do with what you have.”
At Kennedy’s, family is a top priority. Michael Kennedy has been involved with the family’s restaurants since 1981. His brother David runs the market, and sister Julie is involved with operations. Staff as well as customers are considered part of the extended family.
“The people who work with us are front and center the most important aspect of our restaurant. We have an incredibly dedicated staff. Some people have been with us for many years; this is home to them,” said Kennedy. “Even more, our customers feel like part of the family every time they come here.”
The patio at Kennedy’s is like a secret garden set back from the street. With its rock garden and seating for 80 people, the patio is a place to chill out. Kennedy’s features popular local musicians on the patio on Thursday evenings from 7 to 10 PM.
At Kennedy’s Restaurant, what is popular is what is tried and true.
“We have a huge local following from Marlborough and surrounding towns. We serve a core set of menu items that people come here for – broiled haddock, steak tips – it’s New England comfort food. Our chicken supreme and popovers are top favorites, and our younger guests love the vibe and craft cocktails.”
This summer, Kennedy’s Market will open a small outdoor dining area and offer New England-style seafood dishes like lobsters rolls, fried clams, and scallops.
“There is nothing like that here. It will be small-scale, taste of New England coastal fare,” said Kennedy.
Kennedy’s places significant focus on its community by staying involved with fundraising events and the local chamber of commerce. Its ties to the community are at the heart of the restaurant.
“’We are in the hospitality business. We’re not in the business of ‘no. People depend on us for a pleasant experience, and our staff depend on us for their livelihood. We like to exceed expectations. We want our guests to be happy,” said Kennedy.
Visit Kennedy’s Restaurant & Market at 247 Maple Street in Marlborough or their website at kennedyspub.com
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