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White Rose partners to buy Sam and Tony's

July 17, 2014

By Brett Sholtis, York Daily Record, Pa.

July 17--Tom Sibol and Jeremiah Anderson are heading west -- of Codorus Creek.

The owner of White Rose Bar & Grill and his business partner are in the process of buying Sam and Tony's Italian restaurant on 243 W. Market St.

The Italian restaurant went up for sale in late February after 24 years of business.

Sam and Tony's owner Ross Falzone said both parties are waiting for the liquor license transfer to be approved and that the sale is still pending, though he didn't foresee any problems.

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 York artist Brenda Wintermyer and a rotation of art from "i-ron-ic," an art gallery and consignment store on West Philadelphia Street.

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.

Downtown Inc, a nonprofit that promotes the revitalization of York'sCentral Business District, recently rebranded the area "Weco,"- meaning, "West of Codorus," and is promoting the area as a destination for consumers.

Whether the success of White Rose Bar & Grill under Sibol's ownership will prompt others to open businesses in Weco remains to be seen.

"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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