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Ma Duke's Closes After Electricity Shut Off

The downtown sub and pizza shop Ma Duke's has closed after its electricity was shut off after falling behind on payments.

Ma Duke's, a downtown mainstay that helps feed the hungry each Thanksgiving, had its electricity shut off for non-payment on Monday and has closed, the Salem News reports.

Last year Ma Duke's owner Debbie Marticio .

Marticio told the News that this has been the worst year in the seven years she has owned the restauant, which is on Maple Street behind the former fire station that now houses Lyons Ambulance, near the corner of Locust and Hobart streets. Marticio opened the restaurant in 2007.

She owes $6,300, the News reported. Leonard Marshall, the public works business manager and town accountant, told the new that Martico has been working with Danvers Electric to pay the bill but "it wasn’t adequately resolved.”

The restauant has also been involved in the Danvers townwide reunion that raises money for Family Festival and helped last year aising money after the eathquake in Japan.

Ma Duke's was also one of the nominees for finalists for the best breakfast, best steak and cheese sandwich, best pizza and best Fench Fries in Danvers in Patch's Readers' Choice contest earlier this year. It also won for Best Specialty Pizza at Thorpe Elementary School's Pizza Bowl last year.

Last year, Patch user Paula Noyes said Ma Duke's She also said Ma Duke's offers "a warm, homey environment."

Derek Joyce October 24, 2012 at 07:44 PM
should be "Raised", "News" and "French". Hope all of us as a town can come together and raise money for Debbie so that there will be a Thanksgiving. Without her, nobody would be fed a thanksgiving meal. She spends hours on end preparing for something great and for free.
William Laforme (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM
The food here is so good. We've driven over from Salem several times just to eat there. I hope it works out OK for them.

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