Michael Ryan has sold his Main street Vineyard Haven restaurant to the owners of Mad Martha’s Ice Cream and Skinny’s Fat Sandwiches for $1.2 million. The new owners plan to reopen in time for Memorial Day.

The Vineyard Haven restaurant that rose from the ashes of a Main street fire five years ago has been placed on the market for sale. The bistro reopened in October 2012 and closed last month. The asking price is $1.25 million.


After the last hurrah of Columbus Day weekend, many of the Main street business owners in Vineyard Haven hang signs on their doors saying “Closed” or “See You Next Season.”

On the corner of Main and Centre streets, the long-awaited Cafe Moxie is finally open.

On Tuesday morning couples were seated at tables in the cafe with steaming cups of coffee.

Cafe Moxie

Cafe Moxie is set to open its doors today on the corner of Main and Centre streets in Vineyard Haven. Owner Michael Ryan said the cafe will be open year-round, every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. with chef Willy Wannamaker preparing American bistro dishes. Mr. Ryan said the credit card system will not be installed until next Friday, so the cafe will only be accepting cash and checks for the first week of business.

Tisbury selectmen Tuesday approved a common victualler’s license for Cafe Moxie, clearing the way for the long-awaited re-opening of the Main street restaurant.

A Main street Vineyard Haven restaurant that has sat empty for years was singled out for biting criticism by one of the town selectmen this week, who openly questioned whether the owner was acting in good faith.

“I see Cafe Moxie opened up this morning,” said selectman Jeffrey Kristal at the Tuesday board meeting. “No, I’m kidding,” he added with evident sarcasm.