Brant Rock’s new eatery offers guests a place to dine and “hang loose”By COLBY RADOMSKI
Nestled along cottage-lined Ocean Street in Brant Rock, The Jetty is churning up a new wave of sports bar culture. It’s a place “for those who don’t just love sports, but who also participate,” husband and wife owners Rich and Tracy Vaughan say.
Full-time Milton residents, the Vaughans have called Marshfield “home” for more than 15 summers. Tracy, a former marketing and advertising executive, and Rich, the owner of a general contracting business, decided it was time to fulfill their longtime dream of opening a restaurant.
“It’s been a fun career change,” Tracy says. “Especially being introduced to the more creative end [of the restaurant business].”
Inspired by the couple’s active lifestyle, the concept behind the restaurant’s design and motto is to cater to their energetic beach community—an area that’s a paradise for joggers, cyclists and (of course) surfers.
“We thought the area lent itself to opening a sports bar,” the pair explains. But the Vaughans didn’t want to open any run-of-the-mill establishment.
With its surf-shack appearance, The Jetty beckons passersby to drop in and cool off with one of their frosty brews or fill up on some seriously good eats.
I was delighted, when I stopped by recently, to see the dramatic transformation the space has undergone. Street-facing, wall-length windows combined with high, vaulted ceilings and an open-concept make the space feel airy and bright—a stark contrast to the atmosphere of its predecessor, The Bailey. The décor is a salty mix of rustic and nautical, with weathered clapboard walls, vintage signs and retired surfboards (one longboard is even utilized as shelf behind the hostess stand). Perhaps the most unique “surf” feature is multiple television screens playing live-stream video of the tides at surrounding beaches.
Like the décor, the menu is both casual and refreshing, and emphasizes the use of local and seasonal ingredients.
“Our goal was to create a menu that tied into the style of the restaurant—something eclectic and progressive that featured new takes on standard sports bar favorites,” Executive Chef Scott Thompson says proudly of his SoCal-inspired dishes.
Fish tacos, which were first on my list of things to try, were beautifully executed. Soft corn tortillas were filled with a heaping pile of golden-fried cod that was drizzled with a spicy chipotle mayo, topped with sweet and slightly acidic pico de gallo and served over a crisp bed of shredded cabbage. I also dove into a hearty stack of thick, bacon-layered French toast that came drenched in sweet crème anglaise. The dish, unsurprisingly, is a crowd favorite as is the fried chicken and waffles—something I can’t wait to try during their Sunday acoustic brunch. Other menu items include a Greek-inspired vegetarian soft-pita sandwich, as well as homey bar staples, like a house-made meatball sandwich and classic beef sliders topped with tangy bleu cheese.
There are also a number of thirst-quenching libations flowing from the bar’s taps, including the Hingham-based brew, Entitled IPA, and small-batch craft liquor from Plymouth’s Dirty Water Distillery. Cocktails like their “Jetty Julep” (my favorite) and “Bright n’ Sunny” are just the remedy after a long day at the beach or the office, and pair perfectly with the sounds of live musical acts on the weekends.
But what makes The Jetty stand out is the community-driven service the Vaughan’s provide—from offering water to passing joggers and bikers, to sponsoring local sporting events, like the town’s annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K (the finish line is at The Jetty).
With its laid-back and friendly atmosphere matched with its inventive menu, it’s easy to see why The Jetty has become a fixture of the area’s dining scene.
278 Ocean St.,