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Ask/Answered: Carriage House Tavern faces uncertain future on Holly Pike
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Ask/Answered: Carriage House Tavern faces uncertain future on Holly Pike

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When is the Carriage House Tavern on Holly Pike going to reopen?

On March 11, the Carriage House Tavern restaurant at 1582 Holly Pike in South Middleton Township announced on its Facebook page that it would be closing “for the next few weeks” for renovations. When the family-owned restaurant and bar remained closed through Memorial Day, people began asking questions, both on Facebook and by reaching out to The Sentinel.

Recently, we caught up with co-owner Vicky Pappas, who said the initial closure really was for kitchen renovations. As the project progressed, however, she and her husband John began to question whether they still had the level of devotion and stress tolerance they needed to successfully operate the restaurant.

“It takes a toll on you,” she said.

They have listed the building as being for sale on a commercial real estate website. However, Pappas said they have not yet decided definitely whether they will sell. That could depend on what offers they receive.

She also didn’t close the door on reopening.

“There might come a day that we might just (think), we got recharged and we’re ready to give this another shot,” she said.

About five years ago, the Pappas family purchased the property and transformed it from a bar to a tavern that served American cuisine and seafood. After several years in operation, they completed a major renovation in winter 2018 and then reopened.

“I worked as hard as I could to build up the business and promote it, and we had a wonderful last year,” she said.

Pappas gave a “big thank you” to all of the customers for their support. She said the closure was for personal reasons and not due to a lack of customers.

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Daniel Walmer covers public safety for The Sentinel. You can reach him by email at or by phone at 717-218-0021.


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