Copper Wok served the first spirit beverage in Vineyard Haven since Prohibition Friday evening to Jeff Kristal, owner of the Crocker House Inn. Mr. Kristal’s dirty vodka martini was served by lead bartender Kelsey Donaldson-Lang. He described the drink, which was garnished with 3 blue cheese–stuffed olives, as “perfect.”
The restaurant, owned by J.B. Blau, was one of the first to apply for and receive an all-alcohol license from the town after voters approved allowing liquor at restaurants in a townwide vote May 9.
In January, Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation to expand current beer and wine licenses for restaurants in Tisbury to allow the sale of liquor. Tisbury selectmen voted in February to put the question to voters.
Even as selectmen are still mulling the overall regulations for serving alcohol in restaurants, they have begun approving all-alcohol licenses. Copper Wok and Beach Road were the first two restaurants to win approval. La Soffita and the Black Dog Tavern have also won approval this month.
The state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission must also sign off on the licenses.