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Amy and Ben Postlethwait stand outside Buckley House on Front Street. They bought the house in December and will open a restaurant there in March. (Photo by Michele Newbanks)

MARIETTA — Two months after The Buckley House restaurant closed in October, the building was purchased by Ben and Amy Postlethwait.

It will soon reopen as Benny & Babe at the Buckley, a spinoff of their Benny & Babe food truck.

They retain some of the original features of the house, which was built in 1879, such as the floors, but most of the rest is being renovated. The entire restaurant was painted and a tin tile ceiling was installed.

Most of the renovations are ongoing until the soft opening on March 5-6.

“It will be put in place quickly, but we have a lot of work to do”, he said.

The official opening is March 10.

“We will be open Thursday through Saturday for dinner service and we will be doing brunch service on Sunday,” said Ben.

He said that was subject to change as they might eventually decide to open for lunch.

For now, the restaurant will open at 4:30 p.m. with the last service at 9:30 p.m., Amy said.

Sunday brunch will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Ben, a chef for 20 years, said the restaurant will feature “Southern inspired small plates.”

They chose the style because of their love for it.

“We went to Charleston, SC,” said Ben. “We have friends in the south. We have traveled and love this Charleston, SC food scene. Everything is so fresh and very well designed.

Amy said it wasn’t about getting out as much as possible, but more of an experiment.

He said they wanted their restaurant to be farm-to-table and the menu to be ingredient-driven.

“We want to source as much locally as possible and our menu will be based on what is available,” he said. “What’s fresh and what’s in season.”

They had a meeting with Sugar Butte Farms this week and they will use them for whatever items they have, he said.

Ben said they will have a small menu, with no more than 12 items or as few as eight items “so that we can focus on quality.”

“It will be mostly small plates with smaller portions,” said Ben. “We will encourage people to share. I know it’s a bit of a weird time to encourage people to share.

Amy said they would use utensils to remove food from plates.

“We will have sure ways to do it”, he said.

Ben added that they are “super concentrated” on food. They want everything to be made as best as possible, he said.

The Buckley House was not their initial choice for a brick-and-mortar restaurant, but they saw it become available after the previous restaurant closed in October.

“We decided to go for it. It seemed like a great opportunity,” he said.

They want to stay true to the space, but want to create their own identity and carve out a place for themselves in the community.

Both Ben and Amy are from New Martinsville, but Amy has been in the area for about 15 years, Ben said. He was a chief in Columbus.

Amy did the interior decorating.

“I love them,” she said from the tin ceiling. “That makes me quite happy.”

She said they had been working on renovating the house seven days a week since Christmas.

“A lot of paint, all the lighting has changed, we redid the whole floor because we use that too”, she says. “We put a very low-key bar and lounge up there with a private dining room for private parties for work events or private events.”

She said that at some point they will allow people to rent the whole floor.

“And maybe the whole building if the party is big enough”, Ben said, although that’s a future goal.

“We have to make sure we are in a groove and that we have staff,” said Amy.

They also plan to open the back patio for guests in mid-May.

Michele Newbanks can be contacted at [email protected]


In short

* What: Benny & Babe at Buckley’s restaurant to open.

*When: Pre-opening is March 5-6, with grand opening March 10.

* Opening hours: from 4.30 p.m. until the last service at 9.30 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday. Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

* Where: The Buckley House, 332 Front Street, Marietta.

Source: Ben Postlethwait.

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