If you happen to visit Mooncusser Fish House restaurant or the Moon Bar in the Boston back bay area, you might notice two 24"x30" framed prints from my Cape Cod Lighthouses series.
Mooncusser Fish House and the Moon Bar which opened in August this year have quickly made a name in the Boston restaurant scene and is rated among the top 25. Ian Calhoun, who owns the restaurant recently purchased and put up the two framed prints - the one of the Long Point Light in Provincetown and the milkyway is in the upstairs dining room, and the one of the Highland Light in Truro in the late afternoon light is in the wine bar downstairs.
The name of the restaurant and Ian's choice of the lighthouse themed photographs from Cape Cod have a direct connection. The restaurant's name is inspired by Ian’s childhood summers on Mooncusser Lane in East Dennis in Cape Cod.
Mooncussers were land-based pirates who, on dark moonless nights along dangerous coasts would demolish any legitimate lighthouses or beacons, erect a decoy light or fire in a rocky, deliberately misleading location, and then, after having caused a shipwreck would subdue any survivors and plunder the wreckage. This strategy wouldn't work on a moonlit night and so the pirate might be expected to curse at the moon - hence their name mooncussers.
The sea food inspired dishes there are all thoughtfully and impeccably prepared. I have dined at the Moon Bar a couple of times already and can't wait to go back.