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Smyrna's Inn at Duck Creek Closes Its Doors

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The Inn at Duck Creek (Photo: Delaware State News) The Inn at Duck Creek (Photo: Delaware State News)

SMYRNA, Del. - An inn in Kent County, Delaware, seen as one of the cornerstones of Smyrna's Main Street revitalization, has closed its doors.

The Inn at Duck Creek closed its doors Tuesday, although according to our media partner Delaware State News, town officials hope the closure will only be temporary as the town of Smyrna Economic Development Team and the building's owner try to find a new tenant for the space.

The restaurant opened just before the start of the year thanks to a grant from the government. It had been in the works since 2014, but in the summer of 2015, the town of Smyrna got a $300,000 development grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, helping to move the project along. The first project stemming from loans from that grant money was the restoration of the historic Phillips Building at the intersection of Main and Commerce Streets, which is where the Inn at Duck Creek is located. The building dates back to the 1700s but had been empty for a while before the restaurant opened.

Howard Johnson, one of the owners of the restaurant, spoke to WBOC when it first opened. "The building is rich in history from its beginning," he said. "The people of Kent County grew up getting their hair cut here in this space."

Smyrna Town Manager Dave Hugg told the Delaware State News the owners tried their best to get through the summer slowdown but just couldn't make it. He added that the property owners are in good standing and repayment will continue as scheduled as the restaurant is marketed.

He also said the revitalization of Smyrna's downtown will continue, despite the setback.
 

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