Cafe Moxie in Vineyard Haven reopens Friday
Photo by Ralph Stewart
Café Moxie has risen from the ashes of a fire that destroyed it four years ago and is expected to open its doors on Vineyard Haven's Main Street for breakfast on Friday, October 12.
Everything is good to go, except for the electronic cash register system, owner Mike Ryan told The Times Tuesday.
Mr. Ryan said customers will be asked to pay by cash or a local check for the first several days, until the register system is up and running.
The restaurant will be open from 7 am to 10 pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. "We want to be the Island restaurant that caters to everybody all the time, year-round," he said.
The resurrected Café Moxie's new chef is Willy Wannamaker. 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.
In a previous interview with The Times, when 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."
Café Moxie's new manager is Emily Cavanagh. Mr. Ryan's application for a year-round beer and wine license has been approved and submitted by the Tisbury selectmen to the state's Alcohol Beverages Control Commission.
Fire destroyed Café Moxie on July 4, 2008, only weeks after a complete interior renovation. The fire also severely damaged the Bunch of Grapes bookstore next door. At that time Paul Currier owned the restaurant and property. Mr. Ryan, owner of Island Woodworks, joined Mr. Currier as an equal investor in the Café Moxie rebuilding effort in October 2008.
The bookstore was rebuilt and reopened about a year later in the summer of 2009. Work at the Café Moxie site, however, was delayed by a drawn-out insurance claims process, town limitations on the construction schedule, and issues with NSTAR. On November 3, 2010, Mr. Currier subsequently sold his remaining share in the restaurant to Mr. Ryan, who undertook the completion of the reconstruction project himself.