Flannery's owners eye Antrim House

PAT FRIDGEN
File photo of the building that has housed the Antrim House since 1979.

Another eatery could fill the empty space left when Antrim House Restaurant closes Sunday at 2 p.m., if the owners of Flannery’s Tavern on the Square in Mercersburg are successful in their quest. John Flannery told the Echo Pilot Tuesday morning he and his wife Ame are very interested in opening a second enterprise.

“We are in negotiations and will know in a few weeks,” he said.

As first reported by the Echo Pilot last week, The Antrim House will end its 31 year run on Sept. 19. The iconic business in Greencastle opened in 1979 under Donald Hummer, and Loren and Carissa Martin purchased it in 2008. The building is owned by JAG Management Group LLC.

Flannery said if all goes well, the Greencastle restaurant will not be  another Flannery’s, though the two places will have a relationship. He wants the new business to have a different name and a different feel.

“My wife and I have eaten at Antrim House frequently, and it was great,” he said, “but it’s time for something different in Greencastle. If we move in, it will no longer be the Antrim House.

Flannery’s at 5 N. Main St. in Mercersburg has been open for five years, offering casual, fine dining. It uses local products, including 18 beer tap handles, most from craft breweries, Flannery said. The menu also features rare and unusual products, wine, and tavern fare, such as burgers, chicken and sandwiches.

John and Ame Flannery have a Greencastle mailing address but live in the Tuscarora School District.

The Martins said they are closing due to fixed costs exceeding revenue.