Hyannis has a snazzy new restaurant called The West End, and locals do a double take as they drive by and see the crisp, new signage at the site of the former landmark The Paddock. The building was purchased by Jen Villa and David Noble earlier this year. “We wanted to keep the spirit of the building alive,” says Villa. They’ve repurposed much of the interior, adding new twists—purple walls in the parlor and zinc tabletops in the dining room. Villa, who owns The Little Beach Gallery and The Local Juice on Main Street in Hyannis, says she was seeking a new business opportunity. When the opportunity arose to purchase the Hyannis property, Villa envisioned a speakeasy vibe within the walls of the 235-seat landmark. “I could see all the details and colors,” says Villa, who was inspired by a speakeasy in Washington, D.C. Villa told her friend, David Noble, owner of award-winning Embargo, and he jumped on board. “I wanted a new challenge,” says Noble. Chefs Toby Hill and Nicholas Caplice use local ingredients and work with the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance to bring local seafood to the table. New twists on lobster include the “deconstructed” lobster roll, and—wait for it—Cape Cod Lobster Escargot: fresh lobster, herb butter, herbed panko crumbs. Refreshments feature cocktails and mocktails with ice cubes frozen with a cherry or an orange twist inside. All this, while the sounds of swing and big band music fill the atmosphere. “It’s a place where you can get dressed up and come out,” says Villa.
The West End, 20 Scudder Ave., Hyannis, 508-775-7677, westendhyannis.com