Millsboro officials expect void to be filled from Georgia House closing

MILLSBORO — Millsboro’s downtown business district last week encountered an unexpected void with the sudden closure of the Georgia House Restaurant.

On March 26, the Georgia House without advance notice shut its doors. It had been a Main Street eatery staple for several decades.

Town of Millsboro and Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce officials are optimistic the void will be filled. Probably sooner than later.

“We are certainly sad to see them go, don’t get me wrong. But I have no doubt that that space will be filled quickly, just because of how hot the town is right now,” said Millsboro Town Manager Sheldon Hudson.

“The town had no idea. But I never even heard a rumor I don’t know why (it closed).

“The unfortunate news this past week of Georgia House’s abrupt closure was a shock,” said Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Kevin Turner.

“The nature of reason is probably known only by few, that’s their business, and we won’t add to the ongoing public speculation.”

“But we encourage everyone to stay optimistic though. Millsboro has been climbing in positive growth over the last few years, and with promise of more to come,” Mr. Turner said.

“Instead of looking at Georgia House’s closed door, why not focus on and embrace the opportunities of a new door being opened?”

A post-closing notice on the Georgia House Facebook page — that was subsequently removed — stated, “Thank you for allowing us to serve you for more than 20 years. As of (March 26, 2019) we have closed our Millsboro location.

“You are able to redeem gift certificates in our Milford and Selbyville locations.”

Mr. Hudson said he was surprised by the response to the closure. “I’ve been shocked how many calls we got,” he said.

Mr. Hudson said he spoke to one of the co-owners of the property and was informed that in the first two days since the closing there were “seven calls from interested parties, which is a great sign.”

The Georgia House has locations in Milford, Selbyville and at Mulligan’s Pointe in Georgetown.

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