—As planned, Hungry Mother closed on July 3 after a much-loved, seven-year run in Kendall Square. Shortly after chef/co-owner Barry Maiden took home a Beard award, the restaurant announced its impending closure as Maiden would be leaving the team. Sister restaurant State Park remains open, and the Hungry Mother team, sans Maiden, will open a new restaurant in the same space. Unused Hungry Mother gift cards will be honored at State Park and at the eventual new restaurant.
—Julep Bar, located downtown, is "effectively...out of business for now" because the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission has indefinitely suspended its license, reports the Globe, which also gives a rundown of problems that several of the bar's co-owners' other establishments have faced. Julep has gotten into trouble on multiple occasions for overcrowding and underage drinking. Broad Street Riot, which is located in the same building, shares a co-owner with Julep Bar, notes Boston Restaurant Talk, and it is also shut down indefinitely due to a license-related issue.
—Merrill & Co.'s recent closure came with news of a mysterious contest to find a new restaurant owner, and the plan had been to open up the application process on July 1. But now, the "Who Wants to Be a Restaurant Owner" website pushes the date to "summer/fall 2015," and the Twitter account notes that there are "technical difficulties," but the official rules will be posted "soon."
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