Oct 3, 2014 2:37 PM
Blue Latitudes sets reopening date after sewage backup
DOVER - After being closed for two months due to repairs from a sewage back up, Dover's Blue Latitudes is nearly ready to reopen.
The restaurant has been closed since Aug. 13, 2014, when the incident happened and water started to come up through the kitchen and flood nearly the entire restaurant. Renovations have been underway ever since and owner Jeff Roemer said they're very close to reopening, thanks to a change in their insurance policy earlier in the year.
"It just so happens I changed policies in January and in doing so my coverage increased to 100,000 versus last year I had 50, and if I had the 50 from last year I would not be reopening," said Roemer.
He said he never saw anything like this before. The entire restaurant's floor plan had to be gutted and replaced. But the support from the community kept him positive.
"I can't come out of Staples or come out of the grocery store without somebody approaching me and asking how we're doing, when are we going to open, when can they come back and what can they do to help?" he said.
Blue Latitudes plans to reopen on October 16th. Roemer said if you're planning on visiting for the grand reopening, make a reservation because he expects it to be very busy.
Another restaurant that was destroyed by the backup, Kelley's Row, decided earlier this week they would be closing their doors for good.