In 2005, former Highway Department employee Kevin Flaherty opened a specialty sandwich store there, then closed it six months later. Robert and Theresa Diffin bought the business in 2006 and continued to run it as a deli until December 2007, when it closed. It remained vacant since then. Samantha Petrou bought the building at an auction in August 2009.
“At the time of the auction, the Hamel Mill Lofts (apartment complex) were nearly completed and I wanted to add a great, family neighborhood restaurant right outside the front door of all the people who were moving into the area,” Samantha Petrou said. “Then the area really started developing and I’m so glad it did.”
Interior demolition work at the old Radio Market began in 2010 in preparation for rebuilding. Then in February 2011 the roof collapsed, setting the project back.
“Once the roof collapsed, the renovations became much more expensive that we’d originally planned,” Samantha Petrou said. “Fortunately we got help from Lambert Roofing and Lowell Five (Bank) as we had to completely rebuild.”
“To take a building that has been vacant a number of years and populate it with a great new business is very exciting,” Pillsbury said. “We’ve seen a new restaurant with the Barking Dog replacing Georges, and now we have Butch’s Uptown.”