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Madear’s 

Where: 175 Hanover St., Manchester 
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. 
Contact: 206-5827, facebook.com/madears603




From Louisiana to Manchester
Queen City gets a new Cajun-style restaurant

02/09/17
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Madear’s, a new restaurant featuring Cajun flavors, is projected to open on Hanover Street in Manchester on Feb. 28 — which is, fittingly, Mardi Gras.

Named after the southern term of endearment for a mother or matriarch, Madear’s will serve Cajun cuisine and southern comfort food with a focus on tapas and shareable plates. 
The restaurant is a collaboration between two friends: Chef Robb Curry, originally from Baton Rouge, and Kyle Davis, an engineer born and raised in Hudson. 
Curry brings over 20 years of culinary experience and a deep knowledge of Cajun cuisine developed from his own upbringing. The restaurant pays homage to the Ma’dear in his own life, his grandmother, who inspired in him a passion for cooking from a young age. 
“I wanted to stick to my roots,” he said. “This is the food I grew up with and the food I know how to do, so I wanted to do that, but elevate it and make it so it has that ‘wow’ factor.” 
Davis had always enjoyed home baking for his family and has done some competition-style baking as a hobby, so when Curry proposed taking his Boston-based catering company (also called Madear’s) to the next level with a restaurant in Manchester, he invited Davis to be a co-owner and the restaurant’s dessert and pastry chef. 
The Madear’s planned menu will feature primarily tapas and small plates starting at $3, including things like catfish nuggets, pulled pork egg rolls, crab neapolitan and jambalaya arancini. There are salads, a meat and cheese board and six varieties of rice bowls such as red bean, gumbo and Cajun rice. 
“Robb and I love the small plate style,” Davis said. “It’s a more communal way of eating, and with Cajun cuisine especially, since it’s new to Manchester, it lets you try several different things. It’s like having a buffet right at the table where everyone can enjoy it together.” 
There will be a small selection of entree plates: country grits with cheese, fish or shrimp, fried pork chops, a roasted or fried half-pound chicken and an all-natural beef burger. The desserts, which are all $5, are also small-plate style and include bread pudding, pecan pie, ice cream, German chocolate cake and red velvet cake. 
The atmosphere is designed to be casual and comfortable with wood tables, warm lighting and a lounge area with reclining chairs 
“It’s a very southern feel. We want you to feel like you’re going to your grandmother’s house, and she’s about the feed you,” Curry said. “We don’t want anyone to feel intimidated.” 
Curry and Davis said they’re excited to be a part of “a rejuvenation of the restaurant industry,” as Curry calls it, happening in Manchester, and to bring something new to the area. 
“There are a lot of places in Manchester with good food and good service, but I think what we’re offering with the family setting and what Robb is doing with these traditional recipes is something that’s unique,” Davis said. 





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