Café Moxie to reopen soon

Café Moxie to reopen soon

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Tisbury will soon get its moxie back. Cafe Moxie, that is. Owner Mike Ryan said this week the opening of the new version of the old favorite “is getting close – pretty soon.”

In a phone conversation with The Times Tuesday, Mr. Ryan said he had just bought kitchen equipment off-Island and was heading back in the company of the restaurant’s new chef, Willy Wannamaker.

“I’m excited for the opportunity,” Mr. Wannamaker said. Born and raised in Edgartown, he is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York. In addition to working professionally in New York, he last worked on Martha’s Vineyard as a sous-chef at the Inn at Blueberry Hill.

Asked if the new Café Moxie would feature French inspired cuisine, Mr. Wannamaker said it would be more of an American bistro that is “all about fresh ingredients.”

A fire destroyed the predecessor café on July 4, 2008 and badly damaged the Bunch of Grapes bookstore next door. Although the bookstore was rebuilt in a year, a drawn out insurance claims process, town limitations on the construction schedule, and issues with NSTAR delayed work at the café site.