The Ritz Cafe Will Close for Winter
Aaron Wilson
A mainstay Martha’s Vineyard nightspot year round, the Ritz Cafe will shutter effective Jan. 1, with plans to reopen March 9, following approval from the Oak Bluffs selectmen Tuesday.
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Have Faith as the Ritz Gets Religion
Louisa Hufstader
On Sunday nights brothers Sean and Griffin McMahon present the Dirty Gospel at the Ritz.
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Musical Fundraiser at The Ritz for Houston Relief

Jacqueline and Larkin Stallings, Ritz Cafe owners and Houston natives, are planning a music-filled weekend to support Hurricane Harvey relief.

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Ritz Cafe Returns as Ritz SoulKitchen and Barbecue
Heather Hamacek
The Ritz Cafe has a new name and new menu, but promises to keep the old vibes. The Ritz SoulKitchen and Barbecue opens Thursday night after being closed since the beginning of March for refurbishing.
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New Heart, Same Beats at the Ritz
Alex Elvin
On most nights, live music greets you at the door of the Ritz Cafe and a friendly bartender fills drinks for a wide sampling of the Island population. New owners Larkin and Jacqueline Stallings have pledged to keep the soul of the place, while bring some new Southern spirit.
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Ritz Cafe Opens Again With New Owners
Olivia Hull

The popular Circuit avenue tavern is undergoing renovations following a change in ownership. The new owners are Larkin and Jacqueline Stallings, longtime seasonal residents.

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Ritz Cafe to Be Sold, Ending Decades-long Run for Family Owners
Remy Tumin
The Ritz is a true neighborhood bar — a dark, honky-tonk blues joint that’s a little rough around the edges, but that’s just how regulars like it. The Circuit avenue institution is due to change hands at the end of the month.
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Full House at the Ritz for Jesse Sylvia
Katie Ruppel

Poker star Jesse Sylvia joined friends and family on Monday night for a hometown celebration at the Ritz Cafe in Oak Bluffs. In late October Mr. Sylvia won second place in the World Series of Poker Main Event, earning $5.29 million.

Biggie Shorty provided the tunes and a crew of two camera men followed Mr. Sylvia around, filming an MTV True Life episode on him as a young millionaire. Earlier, the camera crew had filmed Mr. Sylvia shopping for houses on the Island for his mother Marlene DiStefano.

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Owners of Ritz Cafe Plan To Sell Oak Bluffs Tavern

The Ritz Cafe, a well-known family-owned tavern on Circuit avenue in Oak Bluffs, is under agreement to be sold.

The buyer is John Reveruzzi, a Connecticut businessman with ties to the Vineyard. Mr. Reveruzzi is a part owner of David Ryan’s restaurant in Edgartown and the Sugar Shack, a Caribbean pub and eatery on the Oak Bluffs harbor.

The Ritz has been on the market since November, said Janet King who, along with her siblings, has managed the bar for the past 28 years.

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Where Everyone Knew Your Name: Remembering The Ritz of Old
Jack Shea

Last call at The Ritz last weekend was a bittersweet harmonic of Island memories, fellowship and the final touching of a central force of Island life for four decades.

In anticipation of an expected sale later this month by Janet King to restaurateur David Ryan, the most local of Vineyard watering holes hosted a last-call weekend that drew several hundred communicants from four states to say their sayonaras.

Ms. King was overwhelmed by the swan song which, in typical Island style, began on Saturday and extended into Sunday.

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