The business will seat 40 inside and 36 outside with a second floor into which it can grow.
The Swire Inn will be located inside a structure built in 1861 and remodeled at least twice since has previously served as a funeral home, local Republican Party headquarters, boarding house, restaurant, the Butler County Mental Health Board and a real estate office.
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The new business was named after Langhorne’s great-grandfather, John Swire Langhorne, who was the proverbial Black Sheep of his English family and was sent away to America.
“We’ll probably just called it ‘The Swire,’” Langhorne said. “It’s a little bit easier to say than ‘The Swire Inn.’”
Langhorne, who has been involved on the Middletown’s Planning Commission, Charter Review Committee and Middletown Airport Commission, said he wanted to do something in his retirement and turned to the restaurant industry, which he said he departed “a long, long time ago.”
“I thought there was a need for something … and I really believe in the city administration,” he said. “Middletown’s coming back. (There are) great business owners downtown … and it’s just a start. I’m really excited.”