No offense intended to the popular Wired Puppy Specialty Coffee & Tea espresso bar, but the most interesting part of this property is the long, low former wharf building out back. The outermost shed, a bait shack, was purchased in 2002 by the architect Edward “Ted” Chapin and his partner, Torrence Boone. They modernized the building inside without deracinating it on the outside, offering proof that it is possible to do so. They also kept the original floors, which still bear knife marks left by fishermen as they cut bait at night for use the next day. The upland building has served over time as Sorrento, La Cucina del Re, Bobby Werner’s well-regarded S’il Vous Plaît, and Turning Point. Wired Puppy, a coffee house catering particularly to computer users, was opened in 2007 by Donna Vaillancourt.
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