TURNER — A restaurant that has been serving up fried seafood to Mainers for 77 years has shut its doors.

The Chick-A-Dee Restaurant on Route 4 had a sign outside Wednesday that says “Sorry we have closed.”

Another sign says “We are sorry to say we have been forced to close our doors due (to) the tough time in this economy. We would like to thank all of you for your patronage.”

The Sun Journal reports that the restaurant was opened in 1935 by Francis Donovan.

The current owner bought it in the early 1970s. A fire destroyed the restaurant in June 1991, but the family rebuilt and expanded.

The owners were unavailable for comment.

The Chick-A-Dee Restaurant of Lewiston, which opened a few years ago under different ownership, remains open at 1472 Lisbon St.

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