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Cozy, hip Hingham cafe run by industry veterans

Greek salad at Kate’s Table in Hingham Square.


Greek salad at Kate’s Table in Hingham Square.

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Black rice salad at Kate’s Table.

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The blustery weather becomes an afterthought once you walk into Kate’s Table in Hingham Square. Sisters Kate Driscoll Papaleoni and Kelly Driscoll Griffin opened this cozy takeout shop last September, with fresh sandwiches, salads, soups, and prepared meals with many local ingredients. They transformed a space in the rear of a building that was once a hardware store, painted the walls bright white, made the small store with exposed pipes look hip, and added three tables. Both women are food industry veterans. Driscoll Papaleoni was a chef at the former Icarus and Truc restaurants, and B&G Oysters. Driscoll Griffin has years of experience in event planning and catering. A veggie wrap has roasted zucchini, tomatoes, and portobellos with a creamy artichoke, spinach, and goat cheese spread. Black rice salad is tossed with roasted butternut, pomegranate seeds, and pistachios.

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Sisters Kate Driscoll Papaleoni (left) and Kelly Driscoll Griffin.

Chicken soup is loaded with meat, rich with sherry, carrots, and handmade dumplings. Entrees include pork tenderloin stuffed with port-soaked figs and Gorgonzola, and grilled salmon with soy and ginger. Plenty of sweets like crispy chocolate chip cookies. “Customers say our shop feels like it’s in New York or LA,” says Driscoll Papaleoni. Kate’s Table, 99 South St., Hingham Square, 781-740-4111,

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