Buxton Common restaurant opens in 18th century farmhouse
BUXTON (WGME) -- A restaurant in a revitalized 18th century farmhouse is open for business. Work on the Buxton Common started last year.
"It was a larger undertaking than I had initially anticipated," says owner Max Brody.
When we first visited back in October, the project was well underway to transform the Mustard House antiques shop into Buxton's newest restaurant on Route 22. They worked through the winter to finally open in June.
"It's very surreal," says Brody, "It's one of those things where you have a plan and you have a vision in mind and then to be actually walking through the physical space, it's a very strange feeling."
The rustic New England smokehouse and grill features a brand new space for the kitchen and bar area and dining rooms in the original property, which they focused on preserving and enhancing.
"We really didn't do too much," says Brody, "We took a couple walls down but we really were careful just to kind of retain its integrity and not mess it up."
Then came the challenge of connecting the old with the new.
"It's hard when you're marrying a 1790s building with a 2018 building," Brody says, which is why each piece has a purpose. "The wood paneling on the front of the bar is the wooden floors from the old section. So we had these resources and materials available and we wanted to make sure to utilize them."
They're utilizing the past so the community can create new memories in the future.
"We wanted to make sure that we were doing it justice," says Brody, "And that people understood that we were trying to preserve it but also give it a new life."
The Buxton Common is open for dinner Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Plans are in the works for Sunday brunch and dinner as well.