Art on the Plate: Strangers & Saints
“Although it’s a tavern and it’s casual dining, we want to juxtapose that with quality service and food so you can walk in off the beach and have a nice glass of Bordeaux and a plate of food that’s been carefully crafted.” – Fred Latasa-Nicks
Owners: Fred & Steven Latasa-Nicks • Chef: Bethany Gregory
“We want people to feel like we’re inviting them into our home,” says Fred Latasa-Nicks, who owns Provincetown’s Strangers & Saints with his husband Steven. The restaurant is named after the Pilgrims who referred to their non-religious company as “strangers” and themselves as “saints.”
“Provincetown still is a bunch of strangers and saints,” Fred says with a laugh. The restaurant was originally a sea captain’s home, and Fred and Steven have attempted to reimagine the space as something that Captain Cooke might enjoy in modern time.
In support of the surrounding art community, much of the décor is created by local craftsmen, from the mural spanning the front wall to the bench made of floorboards from the attic. “People were excited to participate because we were creating something that felt like it was celebrating Provincetown and the house,” says Fred.
“The food goes hand-in-hand with the communal aspect of what we’re trying to create here,” explains Fred. “It’s a place where people share food and try lots of different things.” Chef Bethany Gregory is committed to creating flavorful cuisine that is all homemade—right down to the liquor, barrel aged in-house. “I don’t want my food to just fill somebody, I want it to nourish them,” she says.
In keeping with the philosophy of the restaurant, Strangers & Saints even provides housing to workers upstairs. It’s truly a sanctuary for strangers, saints and everyone in between. “Every night I throw a party, and I love that,” says Fred.
404 Commercial Street, Provincetown
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