The Italian restaurant that reopened in downtown Bangor in 2019 is up for sale

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Tesoro, a staple of the Bangor restaurant scene, is up for sale three years after a group of new owners transformed the restaurant from a traditional pizzeria into a casual dining venue.

The Italian restaurant on Harlow Street has been around for over 25 years. It reopened in early 2019, after Johanna Harvey and her co-owner purchased the business from original owners Rocco and Fortunata Agrusa.

Harvey said in a Facebook post that she was no longer able to run the restaurant due to medical issues.

When the restaurant reopened in 2019 after three months of upgrades, it came with a new menu of appetizers and salads, and a new bar offering craft cocktails. And it was accepting credit and debit cards for payment for the first time in company history.

Harvey told the Bangor Daily News in 2019 that his vision for the restaurant’s revamp was “casual upscale” dining.

“We want it to be the kind of place where a lawyer can come in and sit in the bar and feel comfortable in a suit, and a construction worker can come in work boots and feel comfortable as well. comfortable,” Harvey said. “It’s nice, but it’s not fancy.”

Harvey has transformed the space into a place that combines the retro pizzeria feel of the old Tesoro with a sleek, modern trattoria look and an updated menu. The interior has been completely renovated, but has kept the retro style blinds on the windows, the take-out counter and the huge pizza oven in place.

Although Harvey didn’t quote a price for the company, she said in her post that the first “reasonable offer” would be accepted.

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