‘Madaket Millie’ Jewett was an island legend who spent her life caring for the beaches, the animals and the people of Madaket. Reserved, yet strong minded, Millie embodied the self-reliant spirit of native islanders. She was loved by locals and visitors alike, always willing to help people in need. Millie patrolled the coastline and watched for shipwrecks, earning her the highest civilian rank from the US Coast Guard. She sold ice cream and greeted travelers from her yard on Hither Creek.
We hope to carry on Millie’s commitment to and passion for Madaket by offering a gathering place for visitors - old and new - to experience this unique part of Nantucket.
In 2010 business partners Bo Blair, David Simone, David Scribner and Chris Cochran embarked on a mission to renovate what had been the Westender Restaurant and breathe some new life into the building as they transformed it into Millie’s. Their vision was simple: a casual, welcoming ambiance paired with fresh local ingredients that would not only drawn crowds, but keep them coming back year after year to drink in the panoramic views.
Several years later, we’ve held onto the values with which the restaurant was founded. And as we continue to grow, we’ll always remember our humble beginnings, and the friendly faces we’ve met along the way.
Millie’s is a proud sponsor of a short film about light tackle fishing on Nantucket. This film tells the story of good friends and fishing guides coming together to share with others their passion for the water and the sport they love.