Neighborhood Profile: Central Kitchen

Central Kitchen

When an artist comes to Make It New, their first experience in Boston is often a dinner at Central Kitchen in Central Square. Since 1998, Central Kitchen has been providing Cambridge with spectacular food and an urban atmosphere. After grad school, owners Fred Carret and Gary Strack took inspiration from many late night, drunken meals they had had in France, Spain and Italy, bought a take out wings place and open Central Kitchen. They were successful for many years, gaining a local following from their atmosphere and terrific European-inspired cuisine, but things really took off when Steve Schran, wine savant and ground-up investor in the restaurant, encouraged them to get a liquor license and open the upstairs, now home to the award-winner Brick and Mortar. The popularity of the spot speaks for itself.

Graffiti Wall

Central Kitchen also sports one of Boston’s sanctioned graffiti walls. Owner Gary Strack, an urban art aficionado, sactioned for the wall to be painted over a decade ago. Since then, the wall, which, in this case, is an alley next to the restaurant, is a popular attraction for those visiting Cambridge. It features the work of many local urban artists.

In this respect, Central Kitchen is not just a restaurant, it is a supporter of culture and art in Cambridge, and has cemented its place in the local community.

Here are some photos of their delicious food from their Instagram page, just don’t go on when you’re hungry! Also be sure to like and follow them on Twitter and Facebook!

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