Old Grist Mill Tavern set to reopen after 2 years

By Alana Cerrone

acerrone@abc6.com

After two long years, The Old Grist Mill Tavern in Seekonk is set to reopen next month. 

Owner Greg Esmay tells ABC6 that he hopes to ask the town for a final inspection on the restaurant next month. 

The popular landmark was destroyed by fire two years ago, when a tractor trailer truck overturned and hit a gasline, causing the fire that leveled the building.

While rebuilding, Esmay when the extra mile to maintain the building’s history. 

Esmay says, “The sign above there is the exact same sign. We didn’t even change the framing. You can see the fire burns in the corner where the fire has burnt the frame before the firemen got them out.”

Esmay says local businessmen gave him private loans to finish rebuilding the restaurant.

Construction on it had been delayed due to a shortage of funds, which totaled millions of dollars. 

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