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Hickory Kitchen the first Doylestown business to fall


If you call Hickory Kitchen hoping to order a great meal, you won’t get an answer.

The popular barbecue restaurant on West Court Street in Doylestown has closed its doors for the last time, because of concerns surrounding the coronavirus, according to owner Mike Markowitz.

Citing worry over the safety of his staff during the public health crisis, Markowitz said he reached the “difficult decision” after much thought.

“I’ve had the privilege to work with an outstanding group of Hickory Kitchen team members and built wonderful relationships with many in the community,” he said, in a social media post, announcing the permanent closing.

Hundreds commented on social media, lamenting the shutdown and wishing Markowitz well.

“Thank you for the love I felt every time I walked through the door,” wrote one customer, adding, the restaurant’s well-known comfort food and BBQ would be greatly missed in the borough.

Hickory Kitchen was “a spark for the community,” wrote another.

“It has been a pleasure serving you and I hope we’ve brought joy into your homes and bellies. Please know that your support has meant the world to me and it has been an honor to be part of this wonderful community,” said Markowitz.

Hickory Kitchen was in business for nine years.

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