Classic Style & Design in Nantucket

Cru Nantucket

Gauthier Stacy Design
Boston, MA

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.

Cru Nantucket

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.

Jane Stoddard worked with Angela and Seth Raynor as the general manager and director of operations for the Boarding House, Pearl, and Corazon del Mar.

Carlos Hidalgo is former owner of Bomboa Restaurant in Boston and manager of The Boarding House and Pearl Restaurants.

The wine director and sommelier will be Jenny Benzie, formerly of The Pearl. Jenny is the owner of Pour Sip Savor – a website offering sommelier services.

Gauthier Stacy

And then, there is the design … two yums and a wow! Susan Stacy and Jim Gauthier from Boston’s 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.

Yacht Interiors

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.

Gauthier Stacy

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.

Gauthier/Stacy Inc.
Boston, MA

One single comment

  1. Anant says:

    All rooms are so interesting, love all of the fun pieecs and decorations! You are right these designers can definitely make it work, in a very creative way. I am re-decorating my master bedroom, these ideas are great for inspiration, thanks for sharing. Now if I can only get a good deal on , I will be all set ;) Hope you have a wonderful week!

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