Cheers! Vineyard Haven restaurant serves first drink

Kelsey Donaldson-Lang, lead bartender at Copper Wok, pours the first dirty martini at the restaurant and the first in Vineyard Haven since voters approved all-alcohol licenses in town. —Rich Saltzberg

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.



  1. Poor Jeff– the first person to get a drink and then run down the street causing mayhem.
    or maybe not– perhaps he just had a drink, enjoyed his evening out, and went home without incident.
    Since i did not see anything about crazed drunk people destroying the town, I will go with my latter option.

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