While peak tourist season is over, Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard continue to thrive through the fall and winter. With occasional updates, this guide will track notable restaurant openings and closings and other pertinent Cape and Islands dining news throughout fall 2019 and winter 2020. (Here’s a look back at the spring and summer 2019 archive.)
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November 11, 2019
CAPE COD — Have you joined the Eater Boston Facebook group yet? Yesterday, a member asked for Cape recommendations of things to do in November and great restaurants open in the off-season. Got thoughts? We’d love to hear them. Please feel free to join the group and chime in on the conversation here.
OAK BLUFFS, MARTHA’S VINEYARD — The old building housing Red Cat Kitchen has been sold, but the restaurant will endure for “decades to come.” Maintaining it is reportedly a priority for the new landlords, Gary Jones (a Chilmark resident and Los Angeles record producer) and Brian Packish (an Oak Bluffs selectman).
The building dates back to 1858 and used to house a restaurant called Zapotec, followed by Ken N’ Beck. When chef Ben DeForest took over the space in 2012, he renamed the restaurant Red Cat Kitchen after a restaurant he ran in the 1990s in West Tisbury. He and executive chef Max Rodegast serve an ever-changing menu of “local-whenever-possible” cuisine.
PROVINCETOWN, CAPE COD — The Canteen (225 Commercial St.) will continue its popular holiday market this year, turning itself — including outdoor space — into a market as well as a pop-up restaurant. This year’s festivities will begin on Black Friday and run every weekend until the new year.
The restaurant portion, dubbed the Winter Lodge, will include three heated and holiday-themed dining rooms serving dishes such as Swedish meatballs, fried cheese curds, pierogi, schnitzel, grilled sausages, and more, not to mention winter-friendly beverages, including hot chocolate, mulled wine, and winter ales, according to Canteen cofounder Rob Anderson. It’s open for dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
On Saturdays and Sundays, the Canteen’s backyard hosts 25 local vendors selling handmade goods. Plus, the Canteen has a “mini-chalet” serving soups, pretzels, baked goods, and more. New this year: raclette. There are blankets, a fire pit, and other cozy details throughout the space.