186 Commercial Street

186 Commercial Street, Enzo Guest House, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

186 Commercial Street, Enzo Guest House, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

Guillermo Yingling.

Guillermo Yingling.

Michael Kacergis butterfly.

Michael Kacergis butterfly.

Gideon Bowley owned this house in the 19th century and built Bowley’s Wharf opposite. Capt. William Matheson followed as owner of the house and new namesake of the wharf, later called Steamboat Wharf. More recently, the house was owned by Esther and Stanley Chamberlain, then Bobby Werner, then Ellen Freeman. John Yingling’s son Guillermo (pictured) now runs it, with Eric Jansen, as the Enzo Guest House and Local 186. Restaurants here since 1970, Joel Grozier said, were S’il Vous Plaît, Maggie’s, Mary-Lou’s Backstage Café, Sea Fox Inn, Victor Victoria, Café at the Painted Lady Inn, Franco’s, the Grill, Fiddle Leaf, Blondie’s, Cactus Garden, Esther’s, and Enzo’s. “Scream Along With Billy” in the Grotta Bar features Billy Hough and Sue Goldberg. The iron butterflies and flowers around the patio were designed and fabricated by Michael Kacergis.


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