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Historic Ardmore building gets new lease on life

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A former manufacturing building in Ardmore is now a restaurant. (KTEN) A former manufacturing building in Ardmore is now a restaurant. (KTEN)
Ardmore's new Mill Street Tavern occupies a space once used by the Berryhill Tin Shop. (KTEN) Ardmore's new Mill Street Tavern occupies a space once used by the Berryhill Tin Shop. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- For more than 100 years, the brick building at 24 Mill Street in Ardmore has stood tall.

It was long known as the Berryhill Tin Shop, which provided equipment to numerous homes and buildings in the city.

In 2011, the Red Dirt Brewhouse opened the space to a new generation, but it closed last summer.

On June 4, the building got a new lease on life when the Mill Street Tavern opened for business.

The restaurant joins a long list of new merchants coming to Ardmore. But it's doing things a little differently, placing an emphasis on keeping things local.

"Purchasing from local farms, local producers, local ranchers," said partner Deborah Balak. "We're showcasing local artists."

The old Berryhill building isn't the only historic structure in downtown Ardmore that is ripe for a rebirth. Owners of the Mill Street Tavern hope their project inspires other businesses to find a home downtown.

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