The exterior of Tesoro on Harlow Street. Credit: Emily Burnham

Two months after putting it up for sale, Tesoro Pizzeria & Restaurant owners Fortunata and Rocco Agrusa have sold their business to a pair with extensive experience in the local restaurant scene.

Johanna Harvey and Mark Greenleaf, both of Bangor, purchased Tesoro from the Agrusas last month, and have been busy over the past few weeks renovating the Harlow Street space into a more contemporary-looking Italian restaurant. They anticipate a late December opening and will keep the name Tesoro.

“It’s a staple of Bangor. Everybody knows it and loves it, so it’s really nice to get in on something that already has a lot of recognition in the community,” said Harvey, who most recently was a bartender at High Tide in Brewer, but has worked in restaurants and bars in Bangor for years. “We want to keep all those good things about it, but expand on everything a little bit. We’ve got to keep the pizza, though. That pizza is amazing.”

Harvey and Greenleaf plan to offer pizza by the slice alongside whole pies, made from Rocco Agrusa’s personal recipe for pizza dough, in addition to Italian-American classics such as chicken parmesan and lasagna. In the evening, they plan to offer steaks and seafood for dinner, as well as pasta and pizza dishes. Hours will be extended beyond the restaurant’s former operating hours of 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.

The new owners also hope to eventually build a takeout window on the Franklin Street side of the building, so in the summer they can sell pizza by the slice late at night, without having to keep the entire restaurant and bar open.

“And we’ll be taking credit and debit cards, which is the first question everyone asks us when they hear we bought it,” said Greenleaf, who also owns Carolina Sports & Spirits in Bangor, referring to the fact that the former owners only accepted cash.

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Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.