Antrim House to close

PAT FRIDGEN
Loren and Carissa Martin announced the pending closure of a Greencastle icon, the Antrim House, on its marquee over the weekend.

An era may be ending for Greencastle. The Antrim House Restaurant will close Sept. 20, after 31 years serving the community and beyond. Current owners Carissa and Loren Martin are sad that their decision was necessary.

The Martins purchased the business Sept. 14, 2008, and regret that a mainstay in town has to close its doors.

"It's sad, unfortunate, not what we want to see happen," said Loren, "but we have no other choice. There's not enough revenue to cover fixed costs that we can't control."

The couple announced the news to the public Friday by putting a note on the marquee. 'Enjoy Antrim House's final days, closing Sept. 20' the sign read.

They have received sympathetic comments from customers sorry to see them go. They in turn will miss the guests, some of whom became like family.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal customers. We had quite a few faithful ones, plus those who came every once in a while," said Carissa.

The Martins appreciate the support of the community. Loren will continue as president of ELM Shoes and Carissa will explore career options.

The Antrim House Family Restaurant, 104 E. Baltimore St., opened in 1979 under Don Hummer. The building itself was the former McLaughlin Hotel, constructed in 1904. Hummer sold the physical property to JAG Management of Greencastle.