Date: 11/26/2008
Source: Mary Lancaster, The Nantucket Independent

Michael Getter, the former co-owner of American Seasons, has bought the Cioppino’s restaurant business and plans to reopen next spring on a year-round basis and under the name “Dune.”

Getter, who with Bruce Miller owned American Seasons from 1995 to 2002, purchased the Cioppino’s business on October 19 from Tracy Root, who still owns the building at 20 Broad St. Getter declined to disclose his purchase price.

Considering the current economic conditions, Getter was asked why he wanted to take a financial risk at this time when restaurants have been struggling to fill their dining rooms.

“It’s not a decision I’ve made recently,” he explained. “I’ve been talking to Tracy for over a year. It seemed to make sense to us over the summer. The economy took a turn in the fall, but it’s cyclical and it’s going to get better.”

Getter graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1989. He moved to Nantucket in 1991 and was sous chef at 21 Federal, then at the age of 24 he was named the restaurant’s executive chef. Subsequently, he and Miller were partners in American Seasons, but after they sold it to Mike and Orla LaScola, Getter briefly tried life on the mainland.

“I couldn’t stay away,” he said. Getter plans to change Cioppino’s name to Dune and reopen under that name on April 2, 2009 on a year-round basis with dinners throughout the year and lunches served during the summer months. From now until then, he will be repainting the interior with soothing, earthy tones and installing all new decor for what he calls a “sophisticated yet casual” atmosphere with no white linen tablecloths, and plans to offer a reasonably priced upscale bistro menu and wine list. He is also currently interviewing potential chefs and for all staff positions.

Getter said he wants to make a longterm commitment to the island and is excited about his new restaurant.

“This is a great location and a great building, and adding something yearround is something I think Nantucket wants,” said Getter, explaining that he chose the name Dune because it has a “beachy, comfortable” feel with a Nantucket connotation.