Cinco’s Michael Sturgis Takes Over the Jared Coffin House Restaurant on Nantucket


Michael Sturgis, former owner of Cinco, will be opening a new restaurant this spring, the Brick House Bistro, at the Jared Coffin House on Broad Street.

Michael describes the cuisine as “sophisticated comfort food with a little twist”. The wine list will be “moderately priced and well crafted”. Though it’s too early for Michael to talk about specific menu items, he does say that half orders will be available for dinner, and some Cinco favorites will migrate to the new menu.

The Brick House Bistro will be open Daffodil weekend through at least Columbus Day weekend, serving breakfast (8 am – 1 pm), lunch (11 am to 2 pm) and dinner (5 pm to 10 pm) seven days a week.

In season, there will be a raw bar on the patio from 4 to 8 pm, with $1 oysters from 4 to 6.

The restaurant includes the first floor main dining room, lounge and bar, as well as two outdoor patios. (This is the former location of the Harbor Wok, not the Tap Room.)

Chef Alex Sigeti will be the Executive Chef – Alex worked as the Chef de Cuisine at Queequeg’s last summer, and in restaurants in Buffalo, N.Y and Telluride, Colorado.

The patios together can seat about 90 people. Michael is working with the HDC to bring back an awning over one of the patios, as it had been in the 60s.

“When I first came to the island in 1981, the Jared Coffin House was the heart of the island. I’m thankful to Steve Karp, Khaled Hashem and the Nantucket Island Resorts family for this opportunity to revitalize the restaurant at the JC House.”

Michael was head bartender and manager at The Opera House, 21 Federal, and the Brant Point Grill before opening Cinco, and for most of his time behind the bar, was known as the island’s best bartender.

Kathleen Hay Designs is making over the interior, adding a contemporary touch to the historic rooms. Kathleen is a Nantucket-based award winning interior designer, recognized three times as one of the leading designers in the world in the 2010 International Interior Design Awards.

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