New Nantucket Restaurant: 12 Degrees East

Jonas Baker, owner of Slip 14 on Old South Wharf, has taken over the former location of Cambridge Street Victuals which closed for good at the end of last year. Photos of closing party.

The new place will be called 12 Degrees East, and will “feature foods from around the compass” according to Jonas.

Jonas ran Bluefin from 2000 to 2005 in what is now LoLa 41, and then launched Slip 14 on Old South Wharf in 2006.

Jonas was a big fan of the old Cambridge Street, so will keep many of the same elements and add a few new ones.

In order to focus attention on the restaurant more than the bar, you will enter through the other front door, the one closer to the harbor. Jonas says “I want this to be a restaurant with a bar, not vice versa.”

On your right as you enter will be a room for private parties of up to 12 people. Turn to the left and on your right will be a 6 seat raw bar with a chalkboard menu featuring seafood from Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and the Cape. Walk on through that room and you’re in the bar room, with tables generally arranges as they were at Cambridge Street. The bar will be just where it was, no changes there, and the open kitchen is still the open kitchen.

The full menu will evolve throughout the season. Most entrees will be in the $12 to $20 range, “simple and affordable” says Jonas. Cambridge Street was famous for its barbecue, and many will be happy to know that you’ll find barbecue on the menu at 12 Degrees. The seafood section of the menu will include Fruits de Mer and a cold seafood dish of raw and cooked shellfish. Apps may include a variety of things including cheese and charcuterie plates, ceviche, trio of sliders, tartars and flatbread, along with a small “Bar Snack” menu.

One welcome addition will be a late night bar menu in high summer – we never seem to have enough places to eat at 11 pm, do we. 12 Degrees will serve a reduced bistro menu from 10 to 11:30 pm, weekends to start, nightly if the demand is there.

12 Degrees will be open year round for lunch and dinner – most likely 4 days and 7 nights in the summer, and 3 days and 4 nights at other times of the year. Evening hours will be from 5 pm to 1 am. Reservations will be accepted, and walk-ins will always be welcome. Casual attire will prevail.

Behind the line, former Cambridge Street chef Dante Benati (at right with Trish Gallen) will join with Timothy Thatcher-Renshaw (Slip 14 and Cinco) as co-chefs; Matt Oakley (Slip 14) will be the sous-chef.

The restaurant manager will be Sara Balloffet (Slip 14), who will also be bartending along with Lonelle Rogers (Slip 14).

Jonas expects to dedicate a lot of his time at 12 Degrees while also working with his team at Slip 14. 12 Degrees will open around the first of April with a year-round food and full liquor license.

12 Degrees East
12 Cambridge Street
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