Ross Falzone has gotten to know his customers during the last 24 years.
"I've watched them fall in love, went to their weddings, met their babies. It's been a wonderful 24 years," said the owner of Sam & Tony's Italian Restaurant, 243 W. Market St. in York City.
But at 72 years old, Falzone said it's time to slow down.
Because his family wasn't interested in taking over the business, he's selling his downtown property to local buyers.
White Rose Bar & Grill owner Tom Sibol and general manager Jeremiah Anderson are in the process of buying the property and currently waiting on a liquor license transfer, Falzone said.
Sibol could not be reached for comment Wednesday, and Anderson said he didn't have time to comment.
Falzone said he's pleased with the buyers and emphasized he's only selling the property, not his business.
"Tom (Sibol) and I have been friends these 24 years. We've shared ideas and promotions. It's been a positive relationship," he said of the owner of White Rose, 48 N. Beaver St. in York City.
"I couldn't be happier with the two gentlemen taking over my property," Falzone added.
Falzone said he wasn't sure when the sale would close, but when it does he will close Sam & Tony's.
"Until then, I'm still operating, and it's still my baby," he said.
Sibol and Anderson intend to open a new restaurant, Falzone said.
"Knowing them, it will be something very different and very creative," he said.
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