There's more news from Kettle Hill, the restaurant announced last Friday for the old Babalu space on Water Street and Market Place. Sarah Acconcia, recenlty departed from 13.5 % Wine Bar in Hampden, has been brought on as executive chef.
The name Kettle Hill should resonate with students of the Spanish-American War — Kettle Hill was captured by Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders along with the better known San Juan Hill in the decisive day of fighting. For Reilly and Karr, who had been working on a restaurant concept that would evoke the robust America of the early 1900s, it was only a matter of time before they bumped into Mr. Robust himself.
“Roosevelt is an underlying theme of the whole design,” Reilly said. Kettle Hill be robust and rugged, through and through, the partners say, from the decor, which is being guided by designer Brian Swanson, to the menu of “regional American grill fare, based around hearty robust flavors.”
Kettle Hill is moving toward an April grand opening.
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