The Winery Gazette – Martha’s Winery Information

Dwelling Port Restaurant house owners Bob and Sarah Nixon this week introduced the sale of the Menemsha mainstay to Boston restaurateur Seth Woods and his enterprise companion Eric Berke, each seasonal residents of Aquinnah, for almost $2.6 million.

“The Dwelling Port restaurant, the long-standing Menemsha establishment, has resumed operations below a brand new partnership between two longtime associates and Up-Island seasonal residents,” a press launch issued Thursday stated.

The restaurant has been open below new possession since June 15, with full desk service and a pris fixe seafood menu.

The Nixons had owned the Dwelling Port since 2009, when the city of Chilmark had deliberate to buy the property from longtime proprietor Will Holtham for a public growth undertaking. Mr. Nixon satisfied voters at city assembly to present the historic area yet one more likelihood as a restaurant.

“[The development project] didn’t appear to make sense to me,” Mr. Nixon advised the Gazette Thursday. “The Dwelling Port was such an enormous a part of Menemsha, a gathering place actually for the entire Island.”

The Nixons paid $2.3 million for the property, and ran it as a full-service and takeout restaurant for the next decade. In recent times, nonetheless, the restaurant had didn’t open, with house owners citing staffing difficulties and the pressures of the pandemic.

The restaurant’s continued closure impressed Mr. Woods, proprietor of Boston’s Aquitaine Restaurant Group and a very long time Dwelling Port patron, to inquire after the enterprise.

“Menemsha was simply wanting like somewhat unhappy, you recognize?” Mr. Woods advised the Gazette by telephone Thursday. After cutting down his Boston enterprise, Mr. Woods was looking out for one thing extra artistic — “a ardour undertaking,” he stated. One thing near dwelling.

“It needed to be native and it needed to be one thing that mattered to me. I couldn’t determine what that was. And when Eric talked about [Home Port], it was simply type of like a lightweight went off,” Mr. Woods stated. Neither he nor Mr. Berke, they quickly realized, may stand to see an area establishment just like the Dwelling Port fade away.

“[Eric Berke] was coming right here when he was 4 years previous. My children had their first oyster right here after they had been 5 years previous,” Mr. Woods stated. “The city wants it. It must be restored.”

After making a suggestion final summer time, Mr. Berke, Mr. Woods, and the Nixon household spent the low season negotiating a sale. The 2 events signed a purchase order and sale settlement in April, permitting renovations to maneuver forward prematurely of the summer time season. The sale was finalized Thursday. Mr. Nixon stated along with the actual property, the brand new house owners additionally paid $500,000 for the enterprise, bringing the whole sale value to almost $3.1 million.

“It simply appeared to make actually good sense for us handy it off to them,” Mr. Nixon stated. “We simply had an actual assembly of the minds with them. They love Menemsha and share the values of why [the Home Port]’s essential to the city.”

The brand new house owners have massive goals for the Dwelling Port, together with stay music, breakfast service and low season service, though Mr. Woods admitted that these prospects all lie sooner or later.

“We’re seeking to be a vacationer vacation spot secondarily,” he stated. What he actually needs, he stated, is “to be an area restaurant that’s firmly established in the neighborhood.”

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