Door's open. Yum.
The weather is the first hint that the summer is approaching, and the stores and restaurants that have been in hibernation through the winter are beginning to rustle with activity. The yawn and scratch of Martha's Vineyard's seasonal activities have begun.
If you've been missing your favorite restaurant fare, here are some of the restaurants that have recently re-opened.
Photo by Susan Safford
Perennial early bird, the casual bar/restaurant Lookout Tavern, with its view of Nantucket Sound and proximity to several ferries, is once again in full swing. New chef Kevin Alexander has added new entrees to the menu and expanded the all-day offerings to include choices with a Caribbean flair. According to manager Mike Santoro, "We're offering the same great menu items but adding some new flavors to our menu."
Farm Neck Café on County Road has been serving breakfast and lunch since April 10 with new extended hours. The casual golf-course restaurant has added a late afternoon menu that will fill the gap between lunch and dinner. Says café manager Mia Rebello, "We decided to focus on our golfers and also provide an affordable late lunch option." The pub style menu will change daily, influenced by a demand from a hungry post-golf crowd - featuring burgers, wings, etc. The café will begin serving dinner in June.
Coop de Ville on the harbor is traditionally the first to open on the Oak Bluffs wharf every season and the last to close, thanks to a loyal following of wings, burgers, and fried seafood fans. Open since last weekend, it is in operation seven days until dark, as long as the May weather holds. Owner Petey Berndt notes that they will be adding some new "recession buster" items this year - a 16 oz. New York strip steak for $15 and a raw-bar happy hour with one-dollar littlenecks.
Giordano's hasn't changed much at all in its more than 70 years as a Circuit Avenue landmark. But regulars may be surprised to discover that this year the takeout area has been remodeled. The clam bar and pizza side, which opens this weekend, is consolidated into one big user-friendly lobby. Pizza manager Carl Giordano explains that they have added a second pizza oven and a large shared indoor area so customers won't have to wait outdoors. Giordano's Restaurant opens May 21.