New State Road Chef Feels Sense of Place Makes a Meal
Heather Hamacek
During his first visit to the Vineyard, new State Road chef Randy Rucker had something of a religious experience with a 350-pound bluefin tuna in Menemsha.
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State Road Owners Cleared to Purchase Saltwater Restaurant
Ivy Ashe
Jackson and Mary Kenworth, owners of State Road Restaurant, have entered into an agreement with Saltwater owner Reid (Sam) Dunn to purchase the restaurant. The sale is expected to close on Nov. 4.
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Speaking Comes Easy at State Road Restaurant
Ward Just and Paul Schneider will be the featured speakers at a Speakeasy evening held at State Road Restaurant on May 14 to benefit the West Tisbury Library Foundation.
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Water Order Lifted, State Road and Chilmark Tavern Okay to Open
Remy Tumin

Owners of two up-Island restaurants said they were complying with state regulations following a bad water test that led to their closure late last week.

The state department of environmental protection ordered the drinking water shut off at the Chilmark Tavern and State Road Restaurant after total coliform bacteria and E. coli bacteria were found in routine water samples from the restaurants.

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Two Up-Island Restaurants Closed Pending Water Testing
Remy Tumin

Owners of two up-Island restaurants said they were complying with state regulations following a bad water test that led to their closure late last week.

The state department of environmental protection ordered the drinking water shut off at the Chilmark Tavern and State Road Restaurant after total coliform bacteria and E. coli bacteria were found in routine water samples from the restaurants.

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Penalty Sought for Unpermitted Plumbing
Remy Tumin

The West Tisbury building department will seek disciplinary action against an Island plumber who installed plumbing without a permit at State Road restaurant.

Building inspectors Ernie Mendenhall and Joe Tierney notified the West Tisbury selectmen on Wednesday that they plan to file a complaint with the state against Walter Smith Plumbing. The company installed plumbing in an unpermitted basement kitchen at the restaurant, which has been fined for a zoning code violation.

Mr. Mendenhall said appealing to the state was the “only vehicle” of punitive relief.

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State Road Restaurant Fined for Violations
Remy Tumin

The West Tisbury selectmen had stern words for the owners of State Road Restaurant this week over special permit violations and a failed health inspection in connection with an unlicensed prep kitchen.

A basement space that was allowed to be used for refrigeration and storage of beer and wine and dry goods had been turned into a prep kitchen with plumbing. The kitchen was flagged by health inspectors during a routine inspection on August 13. Restaurant owners Jackson and Mary Kenworth will be fined $1,600 by the town building department for violating their special permit.

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He Makes It Look Easy as Cupcakes
Remy Tumin

Max Moreis was baptized with cake batter.

“It was one of my earliest memories of making a birthday cake,” the 18-year-old regional high school graduate said this week on a short break from his job at State Road restaurant in West Tisbury. “When the cake was done I dumped the bowl and it got all in my hair. I made a total mess, and I’ve loved it ever since.”

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North Tisbury Restaurant Revival

North Tisbury Restaurant Revival

Jackson and Mary Kenworth want to take over the burned-out West Tisbury restaurant known most recently as Deon’s but also historically known as the Ice House and the Red Cat. The little restaurant sits along State Road in the North Tisbury corridor that is dotted with a pleasant country mix of small businesses and homes.

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Please, Sir, May I Have Some More Kale? Glorious Group Lunch Tempts Palates
Remy Tumin

Lunchtime at the Chilmark School and the requests were piling up fast and furious.

“Could I have more kale, please?” “Can I have more wheat berry?” “My favorite was the beet chips!”

Beet chips?

It’s true and thanks to the Island Grown Schools’ Chilmark Community Lunch initiative, students could see beet chips replacing generic potato chips more often in the months ahead.

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