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Well-known restaurateur to buy Black Horse in Middletown, sets date to reopen

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 7/10/19

The Black Horse Tavern at 101 E. Main St. is under contract to new owners who plan to reopen the restaurant — hopefully by football season.

The Black Horse is “under contract and will …

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Well-known restaurateur to buy Black Horse in Middletown, sets date to reopen

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The Black Horse Tavern at 101 E. Main St. is under contract to new owners who plan to reopen the restaurant — hopefully by football season.

The Black Horse is “under contract and will settle in August,” said Lou Santangelo with Sans & Company Intermediaries, which has listed the property since May 2018 when the Black Horse restaurant closed.

Santangelo would not identify any of the parties behind the entity looking to purchase the business and real estate, known as Trinagra Enterprises LLC.

However, Santangelo said that the new owners already have “several other restaurants” in the Harrisburg area, and that their names should be well known.

Trinagra Enterprises LLC has applied to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for a new hotel liquor license for the premises, according to a public notice posted in the front window of the former Black Horse.

Steve Nicholas, an attorney representing Trinagra, declined to provide contact information for Trinagra but said that it is a “new business entity” based in Middletown.

Nicholas said that Trinagra’s purchase of the property is contingent upon the liquor control board issuing the new license, and that Trinagra hopes to complete some renovations and be open in time for the football season.

He said that Trinagra’s application is not for transfer of an existing license, but for a new license. The board is not requiring a public hearing for the Trinagra application, according to Nicholas.

Besides the Trinagra application, which is pending, the LCB website lists a hotel liquor license for Black Horse Grille Joint Venture under the Zoumas name, but that license expired as of Feb. 28.

The Zoumas partnership, under the name GFD LLC, purchased what was then the former Lamp Post Inn property in March 2015 for $300,000 from Elizabeth T. Heddy.

After completing about $320,000 in renovations, the Zoumas partnership reopened the restaurant as the Black Horse Tavern in January 2016.

In August 2016, the Zoumas partnership leased the restaurant business to a partnership led by Tommy Pavlovic. Pavlovic closed the Black Horse in May 2018.

The Zoumas partnership, which retained ownership as GFD, was initially asking $795,000 for the restaurant business, the liquor license, and the 15,000-square-foot real estate, which includes four apartments and 14 rooms for rent.

The former Black Horse is still listed on the Sans & Company website for $695,000, including $600,000 for the real estate.