Mikado restaurant approved in Vineyard Haven

Mikado owner Xi Yu is happy with the vote by the board of selectmen to approve his license to open. To his left is Peter Cronig, the building's owner, and to his right is his brother and partner Bing Yu. — George Brennan


At a meeting that lasted less than five minutes, the Tisbury board of selectmen approved a common victualer’s license for Mikado, a new Asian restaurant on Main Street in Vineyard Haven.

Selectmen held the one-item meeting to help owner Xi Yu open more quickly. Mr. Yu had missed the deadline for the board’s June 27 meeting.

“I’ve been waiting for this opportunity to open a restaurant on the Island for years,” Mr. Yu told selectmen. He has 10 years of experience and owns two restaurants in Connecticut, he said: “I don’t see why I wouldn’t have success here.”

The vote was 2-0 because selectman Tristan Israel did not make it to town hall in time for the vote.

No one spoke during the public hearing, though building owner Peter Cronig was in the audience for support. The town did receive a letter from George Ritterhaus complaining about cars blocking his driveway at 98 Main St.

The 49-seat restaurant opened for business Saturday.

On Tuesday, the board also approved an all-alcohol license for Mikado restaurant contingent on receiving the proper paperwork for its insurance. Mr. Yu said business has already been brisk.

Answering a question raised by Chairman Larry Gomez, Mr. Yu said the beer in the restaurant during Mr. Gomez’s visit over the weekend was for workers after hours.