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Building a new home in an old location on Main Street

In April, Gloucester restaurant Sweet Tooth Café moved to its new location at 6566 Main Street. Though new to owners Jason and Crystal Burton, the building has stood on Main Street since 1890. Before Sweet Tooth could open at its new location, the Burtons had a lot of work on their hands to respectfully renovate the historic building.

Jason said they closed on the building in February 2022 and the work to renovate it started in August of that year and through April 2023. Contractor and friend Bill Baxter was brought on to renovate and plan out the look of the new building. Everything had to be gutted but not everything had to be thrown out.

The floor and crawl space of the “old” building was removed and redone to make the restaurant handicapped-accessible, said Baxter. The old floor was all antique heart pine and during the renovation they discovered the floor joists were all made of cherry. The wood was in great shape and was too valuable not to repurpose.

Baxter said he and...

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