The owner of
The Italian restaurant went up for sale in late February after 24 years of business.
Sam and Tony's owner
Sibol said he and Anderson expect to complete the purchase and are planning for construction over the winter, aiming to open the new restaurant in the spring.
They will be equal partners in the restaurant, which will employ approximately 25 to 30 servers, cooks and management staff.
Anderson declined to reveal their vision for the new location, which will not be an expansion of White Rose or a continuation of Sam and Tony's.
"It would be safe to say that any of our plans would include a very nice outdoor space, as well as interior," Anderson said. "We have a pretty good feel for a really good concept."
Sibol said he hopes to host local art at the new restaurant, something he and Anderson do now at White Rose, which features paintings by
The purchase of Sam and Tony's comes amid a recent push to convince people that the four-block region between Market and Philadelphia streets is worth crossing the bridge to visit.
Whether the success of
"I think you have to look at it as a blank canvas," Anderson said. "It's an area for opportunity. Looking at the past or what is surrounding has nothing to do with it."
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