Sep 29, 2014 4:44 PM

Kelley's Row in Dover forced to close after sewage backup

DOVER - A beloved Dover restaurant was forced to close its door for good after a sewage backup during a city-issued construction plan.

It was a rough day for co-owners Brian Kelley and Pat Duffy Monday as the pair made the decision to close their restaurant Kelley's Row for good.

"You just sit here and shake your head. You can't believe something like this could happen," said Duffy.

Their restaurant has been closed since mid-August when a city construction project went horribly wrong and raw sewage began spouting from the restrooms in the downstairs pub.

"You would never think something like this could possibly somebody could be so negligent and it could put a landmark, solid business out," said Kelley.

The downstairs pub area had the most and extensive damage; everything had to be gutted. This area has been renovated three times before due to river flooding, but this was much worse.

"It went off and on for about two and a half hours that night. We had to close the restaurant, ask everybody to leave and it's been a complete nightmare ever since," said Duffy.

The public tried to help raise money for the restaurant.

"People coming by and giving us a check for $2,000 out of the blue... but really these things, as much as they touch our heart, they're insurmountable when we're talking upwards of when we're talking $300,000-$400,000," said Kelley.

A lawsuit has been filed against the parties involved and Kelley and Duffy are hoping to settle with them soon.


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