DOWNSTATE – A sign attached to the door at the Georgia House Restaurant in Milford read, “Thank you for 20 years, we are now closed – MGMT.”
With that, the longtime restaurant chain in Sussex County was quietly gone after it closed its locations in Milford and Selbyville on Wednesday, joining Georgia House’s Millsboro location, which closed in March.
The Georgia House had been known for serving homestyle southern food for more than two decades.
No reason for the closure was provided, and the owner could not immediately be reached.
Jo Schmeiser, executive director for the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Milford, said the chamber was saddened to hear of the Georgia House’s closing.
“As the largest organization that supports businesses and organizations in the community, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford is always disappointed whenever a business closes,” Ms. Schmeiser said. “It affects the local economy in many ways, including leaving people jobless.”
She added that she hopes there will be a silver lining to the closing of the restaurant.
“The good news is, another local restaurant closed their doors recently, and a new restaurant is slated to open later this year where that business was located,” said Ms. Schmeiser. “The building where the Georgia House was housed is amazing, sits in a great location, is in one of the fastest growing towns in the state, so it too should draw a lot of attention, and should probably have another business up and running in no time.”
Milford and Selbyville are following in the footsteps of the Georgia House’s Millsboro location, which closed unexpectedly on March 26.
Upon hearing the news this spring, town of Millsboro and Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce officials were optimistic the void will be filled.
“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).”
Back in March, Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Kevin Turner said. “The unfortunate news of Georgia House’s abrupt closure was a shock. The nature of reason is probably known only by few, that’s their business, and we won’t add to the ongoing public speculation.”