Construction underway at Old Grist Mill

SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — The shell of a local landmark is beginning to take shape as crews work to restore it following a massive fire.

The Old Grist Mill Tavern in Seekonk could be back up and running within the next few months.

The restaurant burned to the ground back in June after a tractor trailer overturned and ruptured a nearby gas main.

Owner Greg Esmay said that he has to obtain multiple permits from the town before he’s able to reopen. The process is taking longer than expected due to the elaborate layout of the property.

Esmay obtained a permit to rebuild the tavern back in June. He hopes to recreate the same look of the original restaurant.

The intersection in front of the restaurant in which the fateful crash took place is currently under review. Town officials hope to redesign the area to make it safer for drivers and prevent future accidents.

Esmay said he’ll be able to open the Grist Mill’s doors four months after the final permit is granted.

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