Real Estate Report: 18th century farmhouse to become restaurant in Buxton
BUXTON (WGME) -- A restaurateur is taking on a big renovation in Buxton.
"As you can see, we're still underway," says chef Max Brody.
You could say cooking is in Max Brody's DNA.
"My mother, she's written over two dozen cookbooks," Brody says, "She was very actively involved in the food scnee in the late 70s and 80s and, so I started really young."
He grew up in the kitchen and spent time learning about food in New Orleans and abroad. Brody owned a restsaurant in western Massachusetts for 10 years before moving to Maine in 2014.
"I kind of knew that I wanted to get back into the saddle," says Brody.
He eventually found a property on Route 22 in Buxton. Built in the late 1700s, it was most recently an antiques shop called The Mustard House.
"This is well known for the area," says Brody, "It's a landmark and I think that people have strong ties to it and kind of nostalgic memories."
Brody says the rustic New England smokehouse and grill will offer everything from ribs and housemade sausages, to burgers and steaks, to vegetable tarts and fresh pasta. He wants to work with local farmers and put a focus on affordability.
"I don't want to price people out and I want to respect the community and not make it exclusive," Brody says.
Before the doors can open, crews are renovating certain spaces into dining rooms and working on an addition out back for the main entrance, bar and kitchen.
"What we're trying to do is retain the intimacy and the flavor and the aesthetic but also make it a more usable space," Brody says.
Brody says the support has been overwhelming, from the funding from Gorham Savings Bank to the parking spaces from TruChoice Federal Credit Union next door.
"I feel like I've been very welcomed and made to feel at home," Brody says.
Brody says right now the goal is to open The Buxton Common in the spring and putting together a Kickstarter campaign to eventually build a deck out back.
He hopes people will feel at home in his restaurant, as he does in the community.
"Renovating and revitalizing and somewhat returning this property to the community," Brody says, "And opening up the doors and letting people use it and come take part."