Cooking up Change at Menemsha Restaurant Scene
Olivia Hull
The restaurant at Chilmark’s Beach Plum Inn will open this May with a new head chef. Josh Aronie, who led the kitchen at the nearby Home Port Restaurant last summer, will oversee both restaurants this year.
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Chef Josh Aronie Returns to a Familiar Port
Sydney Bender

Josh Aronie started his career at the Home Port restaurant in Menemsha, where he parlayed his job as a window washer into a gig as a prep cook. Three decades of restaurant experience later, he is returning to the restaurant this year as the chef.

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Purchase Offer Accepted for Home Port Property

Purchase Offer Accepted for Home Port Property

Home Port Restaurant owner William Holtham confirmed yesterday that he has accepted a signed offer from a private buyer for the Menemsha pondfront property that was the subject of a recent town meeting vote.

Citing the delicate nature of real estate transactions, Mr. Holtham said he would not reveal the potential buyer, purchase price, or any other details until the deal is closed sometime next month.

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Chilmark Voters Reject Home Port Plan
Ian Fein

Chilmark Voters Reject Home Port Plan

By IAN FEIN

After a two-hour debate that weighed the future of Menemsha against the town's other priorities, Chilmark voters this week passed on an opportunity to buy the Home Port restaurant and adjoining pondfront properties for $3.9 million.

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Home Port Purchase Set for Decision
Ian Fein

Home Port Purchase Set for Decision

IAN FEIN and JAMES KINSELLA

For decades, the Home Port restaurant in Menemsha has been the epitome of a traditional Yankee seaside restaurant, with its lobster dinners and stunning sunset views.

On Monday night, Chilmark voters will decide whether to set aside another Yankee tradition - frugality - and buy the Home Port from owners Will Holtham and Madeline Moore for $3.9 million.

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Chilmark Voters Reject Home Port Purchase
Sam Bungey

Occupying almost every available seat in the Chilmark Community Center, voters rejected a $2 million purchase of the Home Port restaurant at a special town meeting last night, flouting months of effort on the part of selectmen to acquire the Menemsha restaurant and surrounding property for public use.

As a result of last night’s vote, the longstanding Menemsha seafood restaurant will now likely go to Robert and Sarah Nixon, private buyers who signed an alternate purchase agreement with the current owners.

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Home Port Decision Due Monday
Letters to the Editor

More Explanation Needed

Editors, Vineyard Gazette:

The following letter was sent to the Chilmark selectmen:

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Second Life for the Home Port

Second Life for the Home Port

Chilmark voters face an important decision when they convene for a special town meeting later this month: whether to buy the Home Port restaurant for two million dollars in order to tear it down and build a parking lot and more public bathrooms.

The plan has been crafted principally by selectman J.B. Riggs Parker and has the support of the majority of the board.

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Home Port Purchase Sees a New Twist
Sam Bungey

With a town vote looming on whether to purchase the Home Port restaurant in Menemsha and turn it into municipal land, the long-running seafood restaurant closed its doors for the summer last Sunday, possibly never to reopen for business.

Meanwhile, two Chilmark innkeepers and restaurant owners have signed a new agreement with Home Port owners Will and Madeline Holtham to buy the property and keep the restaurant as a going concern if the town vote fails.

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Selectmen Sign Deal To Buy Home Port at Far Lower Price
Sam Bungey

Chilmark selectmen signed an agreement Tuesday to purchase the Home Port restaurant, along with two neighboring waterfront lots, for a dramatically reduced price of $2 million.

The agreement, negotiated by selectman J.B. Riggs Parker on behalf of the board of selectmen with owners Will and Madeline Holtham, is almost half the price of a $3.9 million sale agreement rejected by Chilmark voters in 2005, though it does not include a lot with a dock currently used for restaurant parking.

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