Millie's Seeks To Open New Restaurant At Milestone Rotary

Jason Graziadei •

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"Millie's Rotary" sign mockup submitted to the Nantucket Sign Advisory Council.

You may not have to go out to the west end to get your Madaket Mystery fix this summer. 

Millie's, the popular restaurant in Madaket, is seeking to open a new establishment at the Milestone Rotary in the spot previously operated as Lola Burger. 

Over the past month, Millie's has submitted applications to the town for common victualler (restaurant) and non-live entertainment licenses, along with new signage, to reopen the location under the Millie's brand as "Millie's Rotary." 

Millie's owner Bo Blair told the Current on Tuesday that while the new venture will carry the Millie's name and logo, it won't be a replica of the popular dining establishment in Madaket. 

"We're not trying to recreate what's in Madaket - this is more of takeout and fast-casual," Blair said. "The reason we loved the location is we want people to be able to get Millie's more conveniently. Being able to service town and the eastern parts of the island from there. And being on the way to the other beaches so people can grab food quickly. We also want to try to alleviate some of the traffic going to Madaket." 

Millie's Rotary will offer sit-down dining with the restaurant's favorite dishes and drinks - and yes that includes the famous Madaket Mystery and margaritas - as well as takeout for food-only (the state recently put the kibosh on takeout alcohol from restaurants post-COVID). The plan is for the new location to be open by Memorial Day Weekend, and moving forward, to have it remain open from April through Christmas Stroll during the year. 

After striking an agreement with the property owner - ACK AMA Realty Ventures LLC -  Millie's had operated its food truck in the parking lot of the former Lola Burger spot at 1 Sparks Avenue over the past two summers following Lola Burger's announcement of its closure in April 2022. The response has been positive, Blair said, leading to a new agreement to lease the building for a new restaurant. 

Millie's is part of Georgetown Events, the Washington D.C.-based company owned by Blair and chef David Scribner. 

If the rotary location is approved, it would become Georgetown Events' third brick-and-mortar spot on Nantucket, following the flagship Millie's location in Madaket, and its Surfside restaurant that opened last year on The Strip on Broad Street. 

Beyond the island, Georgetown Events runs two Nantucket-themed restaurants in Washington D.C. called "Jetties" and "Surfside" as well as food trucks. 

The licensing hearing before the Select Board is set for April 8th at 11 a.m. The "Millie's Rotary" sign concept was reviewed Tuesday morning by the town's Sign Advisory Council and was held for further revisions. 

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