Perched beside the waters of Scituate Harbor, Barker Tavern serves up a robust menu to match its rich interior and history as a fully restored 17th-century English house and former garrison. Seated by the roar of the tavern’s original colonial fireplace, diners can tear through stylish starters such as old-fashioned lobster stew ($7) and cherrystones on the half shell ($10), or the Barker raw bar ($29), an oceanic assemblage of Alaskan king crab, half a lobster, and jumbo cocktail shrimp that spouts passages from Billy Budd. Barker’s signature swordfish ($22+) and fresh-caught lobster ($29+) swim through a selection of main entrees that also boasts the blissful flavors of grilled rack of lamb lavished with fig-chipotle barbecue sauce ($32), and pan-seared scallops sauntering through samplings of ginger bok choy and forbidden black rice ($24). Said to be one of the oldest English houses in the United States, Barker Tavern ensconces diners in colonial mystique. Guests can marvel at the eatery's heavy beams and wooden walls, which were once pierced to create portholes for detecting the arrival of cannons that fired hard-tack candy.
Harnessing techniques passed down from their family's first generation of haircutters in Italy in the late 1800s, the Zona clan continues garnering acclaim for its hairstyling prowess, including a spot in the hair salon category of Boston Magazine's Best of Boston 2009. Today, the family of hair experts trims tresses alongside graduates of the salon's three-phase training program. Trainees also brush up on shearing skills at advanced academies in London and New York before adroitly shaping their clientele’s hair, fashioning stylish updo's, and executing full color transformations with an extensive stock of Aveda products. The salon's three locations bring their styling prowess to neighborhoods around town, making it easier to look good than to persuade others your split ends are intentional.