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New businesses preserve Easton's history

EASTON, Pa. - Easton is growing once again, and business owners say moving into historic buildings and preserving them was key.

Two of the buildings have been standing since the 1900s, but on the inside is a modern look.

Another new restaurant, Bayou, will be opening soon, adding to the growing number of places to eat, but for the two places opening soon, owners said preserving the city's past is just important as the service they provide.

It's the name of a tree and just looking at an oak tree outside, as you climb from the basement to the roof at Oak Steakhouse, in Easton, you will see beauty all around.

"Turned out to be a great story, and it will be a great story for years to come," said owner Mick Gjevukaj.

The steakhouse will feature a traditional menu, with a celebrity chef in the kitchen, but the major feature is telling the story of Easton and the building.

It features murals on the wall from the 1900s, all the way to the buildings wall collapse in February of 2016. Even after the wall collapse, the owners wanted to make sure the history of the building was preserved.

"Use every beam, every splinter or piece of wood I could find,” said Gjevukaj. “Brick or anything I could keep, I tried to."

Down the street at Sole Bar and Bottle, the historic building is the foundation for something new.

"This building was really perfect for it because its old Victorian style," said co-owner, Laura Fay.

The stained glass windows from the 1900s in the Northampton Street building were replicated by the building owner to give the historic feel.

People can do tastings or take out.

The company already set up shop at the Simon Silk Mill, but said being downtown allows for people to see Easton growing.

"Even though we did want that old world feel to it, we also wanted a modern twist,” added Fay. “Which is what we tried to do with the inside, keeping everything really light and airy and sort of spacey."

Oak Steakhouse will open next week, but the owners say they are already booked until the middle of July Sole Bar and Bottle will open their tasting room Wednesday.

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