Peter Petas and Ted Jones faced a critical question: restore this building to its form as the Flagship restaurant, with portico braced on ship’s knees, or take it back close to the 1910 studio built by E. Ambrose Webster as his Summer School of Drawing and Painting? They chose Webster, who died in 1935, by coincidence the year that Manuel “Pat” Patrick opened the Flagship in the abutting “Hulk.” The Flagship expanded into this building, gained a dory bar, and became an institution. After Patrick died in 1964, it continued under his widow, Hilda, then Ciro Cozzi. It was where Anthony Bourdain got his start and appeared in his Kitchen Confidential as the “Dreadnaught.” In the ’90s, it was the Dancing Lobster, under Nils Berg; then Jackson’s at the Flagship. While Petas and Jones removed other accretions, they kept the dory bar, so in one sense, there’ll always be a Flagship.
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