New owners take over Sutton’s Restaurant

Bill Nachman - Posted on Mar 09, 2011 - 05:00 PM

Photo: Sutton’s Restaurant, LLC, opened for business recently on Sutton Road, Gloucester. Owners are Lee and Wanda Stotesberry of White Marsh. Shown outside the restaurant are, from left, Jessica Stott, Esther Emerson, Angela Young, Lee Stotesberry, Shannon Haynes and Brenda Smith. Photo by Bill Nachman

Sutton’s Restaurant, LLC, opened for business recently on Sutton Road, Gloucester. Owners are Lee and Wanda Stotesberry of White Marsh. Shown outside the restaurant are, from left, Jessica Stott, Esther Emerson, Angela Young, Lee Stotesberry, Shannon Haynes and Brenda Smith. Photo by Bill Nachman

Sutton’s Restaurant, LLC, opened in early March on Sutton Road in Gloucester.

Lee Stotesberry owns the restaurant with his wife, Wanda. Stotesberry said that although neither has owned a restaurant before, they saw the opportunity to reopen a restaurant where a popular eatery had operated before.

Many of the staff have worked for one or more of the restaurant’s previous owners, Stotesberry said, and several worked for the original owner, Mary Sutton.

Stotesberry said they are using the recipe for the popular crab cakes for which Mary Sutton’s dining room was well known, as well as offering daily specials for breakfast, lunch and dinner—the same specials on the same day each week—which proved popular when the restaurant operated in the past.

"This is a family-style restaurant," Stotesberry said. On a recent weekend night, he said, many customers lingered, most knowing each other and enjoying casual conversation with friends.