Durham's Kitchen Closes Its Doors, Chinese Coming

Owner Matt Lockwood said Wednesday that he plans to open a new sports bar at his wife's pizzeria in Middletown.


Durham's Kitchen has served its last meal.

The restaurant at 325 Main Street closed its doors Friday nearly two years after opening for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Owner Matt Lockwood said Wednesday that the business had been sold to the owner of several successful local Chinese restaurants.

"When I opened up this place two years ago I said to myself, 'Let me try to go in and make a difference in Durham and if I get the business up and going, I'm going to sell,'" Lockwood said.

Lockwood said the decision to sell was both a difficult and emotional one because of the customers who supported him.

"I'm not closing due to lack of business. I want to say thank you to all the patrons that supported my family."

While Lockwood admitted that last year's storms were difficult on the business financially he said selling the property will allow him to spend more time with his family, including helping his wife who owns and operates Jerry's Pizza in Middletown.

"I'm going to do a bar down there. A sports bar," Lockwood said.

Customers who may have purchased gift certificates to Durham's Kitchen can redeem them at the pizzeria located at 635 South Main Street.

"I had fun. It's sad."

Daniel Miramant September 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM
Sad News! Matt did an excellent job in attempting to host a country type of breakfast place where people could gather in a family type of country setting and the meal quality and service was great. Sorry to hear this announcement. Good luck to Matt in his future endeavors!
Just my opinion September 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Sad News on one hand happy News on another. My family will follow Matt and Carmela. In this economy to see people able to sell a business and open another is amazing. I look forward to the grand opening of Matt's new place.
Joan September 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Durham Kitchen was what our town needed. We always felt welcomed there and enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. :(
Vanessa Schaefer September 13, 2012 at 01:05 PM
We will miss having breakfast at Durham Kitchen. It was a very friendly hometown type of place. Best of luck with your new business venture in Middletown!


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