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Captain's Letter

Life off the Leash

Summer 2019 

At last, the air has changed a bit and it feels as if spring has finally arrived in

New England.  We were able to open the outdoor patio at the Tavern for the first time this weekend and while there was still a touch of chill in the air, folks were happy to be able to enjoy a cup of chowder and a glass of wine outdoors.  It has been nearly 50 years since we’ve first opened our door and the promise of a new season still excites me.  We’ve got some new experiences to look forward to this summer! 

For the first time since 1971, we will welcome diners to an off-island food service location.  Just across the sound in the town of Falmouth, a quaint shingled bungalow nestled by the Island Queen ferry and on the scenic drive down to the beaches, will serve as home to The Black Dog Heights Cafe.   We hope that it becomes a favorite pitstop for breakfast, lunch, or fresh baked goods this summer, all made with the same care you’ve grown to expect from us .   Also new this season is the launch of our own Black Dog Rum!  When it came time to choose a new spirit, we knew it needed to pay homage to our “Life off the Leash” philosophy & our love for the sea.  Famously known for its island culture, rum seemed a natural fit.  I look forward to enjoying a sip while taking in a Vineyard sunset this summer.

Some things will remain as they always have.  Our General Stores will bustle with visitors, some new, and some returning friends that we look forward to catching up with.  I will continue to captain the Tall Ship Shenandoah, welcoming aboard youngsters eager to learn about sailing and maybe make some new friendships that will last a lifetime.  And along the waterfront, our dogs will play with gusto, reminding us to enjoy each moment the coming season has to offer. 

Hope to see you all soon. 

~ Captain Robert S. Douglas
Founder of The Black Dog Tavern Co.




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