Nothing is more difficult than uncertainty.
For the past 16 years Harry has been operating Romeos with the help of his children and wife. It has been a wonderfully rewarding experience. We have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of so many adventures and experiences within our community. Our best friends were made over our counter. We have watched preschoolers come for field trips, choose their first date at Romeo’s, and bring their own children for our pizza.
We are grateful the business has allowed our family the luxury of raising our children while their mom was at home. It allowed us the opportunity to homeschool. It allowed us freedom to do many things.The flexibility of owning your business is incredible. We took much advantage.
During the response to the pandemic, we were beyond fortunate. Our online ordering blew up! We never closed for any significant amount of time (only as needed for testing). And we were able to make adjustments for safe dining. Our customers came out in droves! The support and the overwhelming love we felt from the community was huge. The other local small businesses did a great job of rallying around each other and we felt connected to the community in a meaningful way.
This summer you may have noticed that the crowds at Romeo’s have continued. Our parking lot resembles a tailgate party some nights. We have never been busier. It has been challenging to keep up with the pace and sheer volume of the demand. Our family agrees with our customers that Harry is the hardest working person we know. And he is ready for a change. Our family itself is changing as they leave the nest.
We are dedicating the month of August to construction around the old train station. This in itself is proving challenging due to the high demand and cost of construction. Rest assured, the landmark train station will experience the much needed TLC she deserves. But we are unable to promise a timeline on completion as we are unable to secure a time commitment from a construction company.
What happens after construction is the real unknown. We are actively seeking a family that wishes to purchase Romeo’s and is interested in continuing the over 40 year legacy of the establishment. Harry is willing to train and help that family transition into business ownership. We are optimistic that the perfect family is out there. Rest assured that Romeo's will be better than ever when she emerges from this hiatus.
In the meantime, you will be able to catch Harry at the James Buchanan Inn where he will help out with their hotel and restaurant starting August 7. He will be returning to his skills used while managing the Mercersburg Inn. We are hopeful the partnership will be beneficial to the community, the new owners, and our family.
We appreciate your patience.