SEEKONK â€” Having Sister Gertrude involved can only be a plus. Greg Esmay says his goal is to be able to have his Old Grist Mill Tavern open next year in time for the nun and other Little Sisters of the Poor to hold their annual St. Patrick's Day dinner that benefits the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket.
On Monday, the Seekonk Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously to grant Esmay's request for variances and special permits that will allow him to rebuild his popular restaurant on the existing footprint. A delighted Esmay said he is hoping that any remaining hurdles involved in the permitting and design process can be quickly cleared so construction on a new Old Grist Mill Tavern can get underway as soon as possible. â€śIf the insurance companies, building permits, contractors, everything stays on schedule, we hope to have the restaurant rebuilt by next St. Paddy's Day,â€ť Esmay stated.
The landmark dining spot located on Fall River Avenue was destroyed by a June 24 fire that began when a trailer truck carrying a load of bananas overturned on the sharply curved road just outside. The truck struck a utility pole and ruptured the gas line leading to the restaurant, and sparks from the downed electrical wires started the blaze.
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