The Sweet Life Cafe in Oak Bluffs will have new owners this season.
Kevin and Suzanna Crowell, owners of Détente Restaurant in Edgartown, have purchased the business from Pierre and Susan Guerin. Mr. Crowell will serve as executive chef for both restaurants, while Carlos Montoya, the chef at Sweet Life last season, will continue as chef de cuisine. Hal Ryerson will continue as chef de cuisine at Détente.
“Sweet Life will continue as Sweet Life and Détente as Détente,” Mrs. Crowell told the Gazette Monday. “They’re similar restaurants.” President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dined at the Sweet Life in the summer of 2009 and again in 2010 when they were vacationing on the Island.
The Guerins bought the restaurant in 2007. The business has been on the market for a little more than a year.
“It was something we knew Pierre and Susan might be ready to sell and we thought about it a couple times,” Mrs. Crowell said. “It fell into place really nicely. We’ve always loved the restaurant so it all seems to make sense.”
Mrs. Crowell said she hopes to open Sweet Life by Memorial Day weekend. Détente is now open for its ninth season.