Newly Opened 'Park' Restaurant on JFK Street

Ginny C. Fahs

59 JFK Street is now home to the newest restaurant in Harvard Square: Park Restaurant & Bar. Park, which opened on April 11, offers a friendly neighborhood bar and restaurant that serves home-style American cuisine in an elegantly trendy yet informal atmosphere.

Park's menu features a half baked-chicken so big that it looks like a full chicken and a selection of burgers and sandwiches served beside mountains of thin, crispy fries; perhaps the most unique item on the menu is the Meat Pie of the Day.

"The Meat Pie keeps us creative," said Park's Executive Chef Mark Goldberg. "We haven’t repeated a meat pie yet." Entrées on Park's menu range between $9 and $23 and include a few vegetarian options.

A faded globe, a rusting old-school sewing machine, and a rotary dial telephone are a few of the artifact-decorations lining Park's walls. Designed by Peter Niemitz, Park's interior also features pleasant lighting, with bulbs and lamps of all varieties illuminating the restaurant's interlocking nooks and rooms. With its leather armchairs and black-framed pictures on the walls, the restaurant maintains a quirky but warm vibe.

Park replaces Redline, a nightclub that closed its doors to the public earlier this year. Both Park and its predecessor Redline are part of The Grafton Group, which owns and operates other restaurants in Harvard Square including Russell House Tavern and Grafton Street.

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