State Park, a bar and restaurant located in Kendall Square, was inspired by Hungry Mother State Park in southwestern Virginia. H+A collaborated with Studio FKIA and the restaurant’s owners, also responsible for Cambridge foodie-favorite Hungry Mother, to design the quirky, curated atmosphere reminiscent of a rural dive bar. Salvaged tables, chairs, and seating booths furnish the space while a reclaimed pool table and pinball machines, ‘taxidermied’ critters, found objects, and vintage illuminated signage carry the concept through to the details. A six-foot diorama turned wall display is further evidence of the humor and nostalgia that is evident throughout the restaurant; the scenery depicts miniature vignettes of sunbathers, campers, and fisherman visiting Hungry Mother State Park. The playful setting and the down-to-earth hospitality provides a backdrop for the restaurant’s Southern-inspired comfort food and cocktails.
“State Park’s execution of a unique concept is right on target. It made us feel like we’d stepped into a party where everyone was having a good time.”
– Hungry for Design
- Big Dipper Hospitality
- Emily Neumann
- Awards & Press
- THE BOSTON GLOBE “AT STATE PARK IN CAMBRIDGE, TAKING A DIVE UPWARD”IMPROPER BOSTONIAN “BOSTON’S BEST BARS AND CLUBS 2015: KENDALL SQUARE NEIGHBORHOOD”HUNGRY FOR DESIGN REVIEW “YA’LL COME BACK NOW YA HEAR”THE BOSTON GLOBE | MOST ENTERTAINING RESTAURANT 2014IMPROPER BOSTONIAN “HIGH DIVE”