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Smyrna Restaurant Closes Less Than A Year After Opening

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SMYRNA, Del. - In Kent County, an integral part of Smyrna's downtown revival hopes has closed its doors after less than a year. The Duck Creek Inn opened with high hopes just last New Year's.
It closed this week, and now the city is left trying to fill an important vacancy.

 

Expectations were high for the restaurant, which was part of a major project that combined several historic structures in the Phillips Building; a building that dates to the 1700's.
But a little more than eight months after opening, its doors are closed, reportedly falling victim to a summer slowdown and a lack of local business.

At least one person downtown today believes the restaurant may not have been a good fit for the area.

"it was high-end, and the prices were too high," said Jack Kirmes, Clayton.

The restaurant owners got some help in their efforts to open the business. 
The town received a $300,000 grant from the federal government in the summer of 2015 as part of the redevelopment effort.
Other local businesses owners downtown understand the challenges.

"
Convenience. If you are downtown, you don't have drive-thru. We have to find ways to make it quick and easy and people to want to come downtown. It is difficult for a lot of reasons," said Janet Forrest, co-owner of Drunk'n Bakery.

Another business thinks the focus should be on other types of businesses.

"Professional business would do better. Things like doctors, lawyers, dentists would have a better chance," said Brian Brown, Smyrna Sporting Goods.

And Forrest keeps doing her part to keep downtown vital. "I don't have the answer for it, other than people with a dream, and try, and we're lucky, we succeed," she said.

Town officials hope the setback is temporary, saying they already have several inquiries for the property.

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