A longtime mainstay in Milford town center has closed for good.
Milford House Bar & Grill, 113 E. Commerce, announced on its Facebook page on August 4 that it would close its doors for good after serving the community for 28 years.
“To our beloved customers – It is no secret that the past 18 months have been extremely difficult for the entire restaurant industry. The dedicated staff at Milford House have worked tirelessly to overcome storm and continue to provide a quality dining experience for all of our customers. More recently, our inability to find adequate staff has forced Milford House and Perriez Carryout to close our doors permanently with immediate effect, ”the restaurant wrote. On behalf of our staff, we appreciate all the community support you have given to our restaurant over the past 28 years. We will all miss you and the gathering place you helped make amazing! “
Signs on the door seen on the afternoon of August 5 indicate that the restaurant is permanently closed.
The restaurant was also connected to the Wine Studio which opened in 2018, and also offered an ice cream stand for patrons looking for a scoop of Guernsey Farms Dairy ice cream or other frozen treats.
Ann Barnette, executive director of the Milford Downtown Development Authority, said she learned on Aug. 3 that the restaurant would close permanently. She said it was hard news to hear.
“It’s heartbreaking, for sure,” she said. “They do their best until the last minute.
“There is a very real labor shortage in the restaurant business for all kinds of reasons.”
Messages were left at the restaurant by phone and Facebook on August 4 but were not returned.
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This is the most recent closure of a large-scale restaurant in the area in the past 18 months. Also in Milford, longtime Hector & Jimmy’s bar closed last June after 36 years in business, citing staff issues as the main driver of the shutdown. Many restaurants have spoken about the closure of dining rooms for long periods since the start of the pandemic, as well as the difficulties many businesses are currently facing in hiring staff.
Barnette said that while it was sad to see Milford House leave, she hopes the property in a central city center location will see new life sooner rather than later. With most of the downtown commercial facades occupied, she expects this to be an attractive location for another business.
“It’s a great wedge for someone to operate from,” she said. “It wouldn’t be the properties that I would worry about if they were left vacant for long.”