A main street on Martha’s Vineyard will welcome a new restaurant to its ranks tomorrow when The Covington crashes onto the scene, courtesy of chef Chris Fischer. The former Beach Plum Inn chef, who operates Beetlebung Farm in Chilmark, teamed up with restaurateurs Patrick and Ted Courtney on the project, which will bring a lineup of seafood and pastas to Edgartown, according to the Vineyard Gazette.
The Covington took over the space at 52 Main St. (where Edgartown Deli used to be) and is situated across the street from the Courtneys’ other restaurant, The Port Hunter. Appropriately, The Covington takes its name from a tugboat that crashed into and later sank a freighter called The Port Hunter in Nantucket Sound in 1918.
Chances of the restaurants facing a similar fate are unlikely, as the team brings years of experience to this new project. The Courtneys renovated the space to accommodate the new restaurant concept, and Fischer (who won a James Beard Award for his Beetlebung Farm Cookbook) will be cooking a menu filled with both meat and seafood, in addition to a selection of pastas.
Some potential menu items include "a pickled oyster crostini, a salad of 'wild' Beetlebung Farm arugula and North Tabor Farm shiitakes, bucatini with lobster and mint, and a porterhouse," according to a post Fischer shared on Twitter. The restaurant's menu will change over the course of the summer, serving vegetables from Fischer's farm, in addition to other local ingredients.
Carlo Stanisci, who was part of the launch team for The Port Hunter, will serve as general manager of The Covington, which will be open Wednesday through Monday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., with the bar open until 12:30 a.m.