Squaretoes: Enter With a Happy Heart

Meet the Team

Squaretoes Restaurant is located in Kennebunk Maine. We are a family run business, owned by proprietor, Paula Hunter. We offer homestyle breakfast all day as well as a tasty lunch menu. For a little more about who we are, check out the excerpt below from an article in one of our local newspapers. Whether you are just here for a visit to the beautiful Kennebunk area, or if you live here year-round, we’d love to meet you and have the privilege to serve you here at Squaretoes. Stop in soon!

A Family Affair

From the September 2016 issue of The Kennebunk Village
By Faith Gillman, Staff writer

Squaretoes was opened in December 2016 by Paula Hunter. Originally from Newburyport, Massachusetts, the mother of three and grandmother of six has always loved cooking and entertaining. Hunter’s restaurant industry training began nearly a decade ago at Huckleberry’s in Ogunquit. Her daughters, Kellie McDonough and Korin Bancroft, joined her there. “While I was at Huckleberry’s I started talking and thinking about having a place of my own,” Paula Hunter said. “My husband Tom encouraged me to go for it.” Huckleberry’s, along with several other businesses, was destroyed by a massive fire in April 2015, and the Hunters began to seriously pursue opening their own business. Sadly, Paula’s husband Tom suffered a fatal heart attack in May, and everything changed. “Never in a million years I thought it would play out like this,” said Hunter. “Life changes in an instant.”

Hunter said her business is a real family— and community—affair. “My son Thomas was very helpful getting us open. I have a great staff, I couldn’t do any of this without them. We have two cooks, two dishwashers, my two daughters and myself.

Rooted in the Community

“We’ve had so much support from the community. I meet so many great people; it really keeps me going,” says Paula. Laura Dolce, the executive director of the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel Chamber of Commerce said the community is happy to have the restaurant in town. “It’s exciting to have Squaretoes in that area of the Route 1 south corridor,” said Dolce. Several extensive renovations were made possible through Maine’s Community Development Block Grants program.

Good Food, Great People

Squaretoes offers breakfast and lunch, as Hunter found that there is a need for a breakfast place in Kennebunk. “I’m a morning person so it works well. I decided to focus on two great meals every day.”

Hunter has expanded the breakfast menu, which now offers Lobster Benedict and omelets. Homemade corned beef hash has also been added to the breakfast line up. “Customers asked for it and now it’s on the menu,” said Hunter, who make the chowders and soups offered at Squaretoes.

Hunter loves when she can be in the dining room with customers, interacting with them. “I love everything about the restaurant business from the clanking of the dishes to the hustle and bustle of it,” she said. “I have a sign in the restaurant that reads ‘Enter with a happy heart.’ This is a place to get an excellent breakfast and with great service, which is really important to me. People spend their hard earned money when they go out to eat. They should have great service and enjoy themselves!”