“Fundamentally, as people, we’re all in this together,’’ said Fred Latasa-Nicks, co-owner of Strangers & Saints, an 80-seat tavern that serves Mediterranean food and good fellowship. “Whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, gay or straight, black or white, here in Provincetown we’re a community. But what is a community? It’s about helping and caring for each other and having that empathy and knowing that there for but the grace of God go I.’’
There are several things on the Strangers & Saints menu I shall crave: The ham and cheese croquettes are an indulgent combination of thickly reduced bechamel, sharp cheddar cheese and jamon that are panko-crusted and deep fried to crispy-oozy perfection.
This Provincetown tavern was opened by Culinary Institute of the America graduate Fred Latasa-Nicks in May in the 1850 home of the whaler Captain John Cook.
There’s no easy way to open a bar, but it’s possible that renovating a historic or unconventional space is the hardest. We caught up with three different owners who have gone through this process to get their take on the nuts and bolts of renovation and what they wish they’d known when they started.
Wondering where PTown’s next hotspot is, the place everyone’s talking about? It’s not “fine dining”—just fine food and a lot more at PTown’s new “ultimate tavern,” Strangers and Saints, in the old Cook sea captain’s home at 404 Commercial Street: a place to hang out amid décor that couldn’t be anywhere but in PTown.
Although you can get a 10-inch stone hearth-cooked pepperoni pizza ($18), Strangers & Sinners is really a Mediterranean-style taverna that is all about using fresh local foods, accented with imported and more exotic spices and ingredients to elevate good food to great food.
Entrepreneurs are banking on Provincetown, with new businesses that run the gamut from restaurants to clothing shops to even a new bicycle rental store.