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The Black Dog, West Tisbury

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The Black Dog is a restaurant and tavern in Vineyard Haven on the island of Martha's Vineyard. The restaurant was founded in 1971, and became well known for its souvenir T-shirts, featuring its logo of the eponymous black dog. They subsequently expanded to sell other products with the same logo.The Black Dog T-shirts became well known during the 1990s as photographs of celebrities wearing the shirts began appearing in national publications. For example, a photograph of then-President Bill Clinton jogging while wearing one was distributed by national wire services. Black Dog merchandise became part of the Lewinsky scandal, as items from the store were purchased by Bill Clinton and given to Monica Lewinsky.Marketing at The Black Dog was effective. During the early 1990s, the merchandise was only sold at the Martha's Vineyard location. Only a limited number of people were allowed in the store at one time, so lines formed down the wooden fenced ramp that ran from the front door. While waiting in line, visitors were given catalogs to browse. Nowadays, the merchandise is also available at "mainland" Cape Cod, Mystic, CT and Newport "Black Dog" stores as well as online.In 2000, The Black Dog released a cook book called The Black Dog Summer on the Vineyard Cookbook (ISBN 0316339326). In 2006, The Black Dog recalled approximately 9700 children's sweatshirts because they had a drawstring that poses a strangulation hazard. When Black Dog continued selling the clothing, the CPSC hit the company with a $50,000 fine. The New England Multihull Association and The Black Dog host a 22-mile yachting race from Vineyard Haven to Edgartown and back called the Black Dog Dash.
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  • ordered breakfast sandwiches for my grand kids and sat down outside on a bench and some steps along side the building , Next thing i know the owner Jeremiah McCarthy through us off the steps and said ...  more »
  • We were stressed for time but enjoyed a pleasant and delicious breakfast - egg on croissant with crispy bacon for each of us. It's tough top pass up the freshly baked goods, especially the muffins and...  more »
  • We knew dining on the Vineyard would be expensive, so we weren't too surprised, but some others definitely were. Expect to pay at least $20 a person for a meal. We both loved what we ordered. However,...  more »
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  • Food was fantastic. Only nick in this rating is visiting on 4th of the July and no a/c. It was over 90 degrees with the windows open. Place was a must to do. Lots of shopping for cool memorabilia.
  • Outstanding breakfast on the new-ish outdoor dining area. Beautifully done with nice amount of space. Loved it.
  • Good. Light music fireplace on the bay. Oh if you want a beer you must order a meal! She said it was the law. Handmade sausage patties. Very good and filling really good broccoli cream soup. Waitress wasn't the most personable but that's hit and miss nowadays.
  • Rustic, comfortable decor. Good service. Good food.
  • Great atmosphere and excellent food and service.

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