Gauthier Stacy Design
Cru – Nantucket
Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
Memorial Day signifies the official beginning of summer. No region on America’s East Coast exhibits a more luxurious manner of celebrating summer in classic style than the island of Nantucket. If your mode of transportation to this chic community is by Hy-Line Ferry, your debarkation at the end of Straight Wharf will place you adjacent to what is sure to be Nantucket’s newest hotspot. Cru Nantucket is a sparkling wine and oyster bar restaurant in the best overwater location on the island.
In France, the word cru is defined as a vineyard producing wine of high quality. In the French language, it also signifies ‘raw’, pertaining to food. On Nantucket, the name Cru will become known as THE place to go, given the winning team of operators, striking design, and location directly on the water overlooking the mega yachts and activity of the harbor. Residents and frequent visitors should recognize this local Nantucket crew:
Chef Erin Zircher, chef de cuisine for 8 years at The Boarding House, Cru’s executive chef, will offer bistro style Mediterranean cuisine with a fresh take on New England classics.
Carlos Hidalgo is former owner of Bomboa Restaurant in Boston and manager of The Boarding House and Pearl Restaurants.
And then, there is the design … two yums and a wow! Susan Stacy and Jim Gauthier from Boston’s www.gauthierstacy.com designed the interiors. During early discussions, Susan and Jim were asked to transform the space from its dated appearance to a visually exciting venue that invokes the feeling of old yacht interiors, further inspired by oyster shells and the weathered grey shingles of Nantucket buildings.
Driftwood, mahogany, and brass were among the materials selected to achieve a nautical appearance appropriate for the sophisticated Nantucket habitué. The physical layout has not changed; a large outdoor patio, three rooms and two bars. What has changed, along with the stunning décor, is the addition of a driftwood and rock crystal chandelier, communal table, new bathrooms, fireplace, and a new casual elegance.
The forward room features a gleaming new bar; mid-ship contains more seating and a wall of wine; the aft is rigged with a second bar, private dining and plush booths. No matter where you sit, the views and space are captivating.
Prior to Cru, the space housed Ropewalk Restaurant, which I personally frequented many times for the location and a casual menu. Now that Cru is serving up oysters, sparkling wine and glamour in such a visually pleasing setting, even more reason to visit. Congratulations to Susan and Jim for creating another magical space in classic yacht style for all of us to behold.