300 Commercial Street

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300 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2009). Top: Jake Spencer's caricatures of himself and of Michael Janoplis Sr., by David W. Dunlap (2009).

300 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2009). Top: Jake Spencer’s caricatures of himself and of Michael Janoplis Sr., by David W. Dunlap (2009).

Jake Spencer's caricature of Harry Kemp, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

Jake Spencer’s caricature of Harry Kemp, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

Not long ago, paper placemats at the Mayflower Café still identified Cape Cod as the “Summer Home of President Kennedy.” Things are like that at the Mayflower; suspended pleasantly in time (Indian pudding, anyone?), and great fun for that reason. You sit in deep booths. Murals by Nancy Whorf surround you, as do Jake Spencer’s caricatures of local characters like Harry Kemp (far right). It’s Sardi’s-in-the-Sand-Dunes. Spencer is at left in the diptych (pictured), Michael Janoplis Sr. is at right. The business was founded in 1929 and run by Mike until 1962, when his sons Michael Jr. and Samuel took over. It’s currently run by Michael Jr.’s children, Donna (Janoplis) Hough and Darin Janoplis, and their cousin, Michael Janoplis.


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