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Source says Flannery’s has closed deal on Greencastle location

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

A source familiar with the plans for the owners of Flannery’s Tavern on the Square in Mercersburg to lease the empty space left when the Antrim House Restaurant closed last month says the deal has been completed and the new establishment may open in December.

John Flannery first told the Echo Pilot several weeks ago that he and his wife Ame were very interested in opening a second enterprise. The source said that the deal was completed Thursday.

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

The Echo Pilot was also first to report that the Antrim House was going to 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 could not be reached for comment Thursday.

When Flannery confirmed his interest in the location he said 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 closed The Antrim House due to fixed costs exceeding revenue.