Doc Magrogan’s shuttered at Dover Downs

DOVER — According to the restaurant’s website, Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House (inside Dover Downs casino) recently closed its doors. A message on the site read:

“Thank you for the 9 years of support. It has been our pleasure to serve the community of Dover, Delaware.”

Dover Downs management released the following statement:

“Our lease with Doc Magrogan’s has ended. We enjoyed close to 10 years with Doc’s in our facility and we wish them well. Our customers love good seafood and the next restaurant we put in its place will likely feature lots of fresh seafood. We are currently exploring all options for the space. More details on that will be forthcoming soon.”

Management from the restaurant didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Earlier in November, the restaurant made several pleas on their Facebook page, asking the public to contact Dover Down officials on their behalf amid “lease negotiations.” A comment posted last Monday read:

“We remain unsure, at the 11th hour, that we will be able to continue to serve you here at Dover Downs. Your emails to CEO Denis McGlynn, COO Ed Sutor and VP Peter Bradley, have truly been appreciated — please keep them going! We would love to stay and continue to be a part of this wonderful community. Thank you for your support!”

The Facebook account has since been deactivated and a Google search of the restaurant labels it “permanently closed.”

In late October, it was reported that Dover Downs lost $137,000 in the third quarter of 2017, leaving it $289,000 in the red through nine months of the year.

The casino announced the figures in its quarterly filing. Dover Downs made $520,000 in the July through September period of 2016 and was up $1.08 million at this point last year.

“It should be apparent that the state’s gaming revenue sharing formula is unsustainable when considering that the company has paid out $56.4 million to the state and the horsemen, while incurring a pretax loss of $366,000 through the first nine months of the year,” company President and CEO Denis McGlynn said in a statement. “We will continue to pursue a more equitable approach to this industry.”

Dover Downs’ revenue is down $5.6 million this year as compared to 2016.

The company made a profit the previous two years after losing $706,000 in 2014. It is currently $21.5 million in debt.

Now open

•MNB IT Services, Inc. — a full-service technology company hosted a ribbon cutting at their new location in 4164 N. DuPont Hwy in Dover in September. For questions, call (817) 267-8068.

•Hampton Inn Milford — the hotel chain location has been open for almost a decade but is hosting a ribbon cutting at their location to mark their joining of the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce in late October. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Dec. 12 on 100 Lighthouse Estates Drive in Milford. (302) 422-4320

•A Place For Her — the store offers clothing and accessories, especially purses, at 10 SW Front St., Milford. Owner Sudline (Sullie) Pratt, called it “a place where ladies walk in beautiful and walk out feeling fabulous.” Visit or call 725-5434.

•Beach Barre Body — the fitness studio has opened its second location at 19323 Lighthouse Blvd, Rehoboth Beach. Visit for full schedule for classes or call 539-5515.

Coming soon

• Twice Is Nice — second-hand children’s clothing buyer and seller is opening a location on 39 N. Walnut Street, suite 105, in Milford. The retailer will host a ribbon cutting on Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. For questions, call (302) 839-1180.

Did we miss something? Let us know about local business happenings by contacting staff writer Ian Gronau at 741-8272 or

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