UPDATE: Dudley’s gets all clear, will reopen Tuesday


UPDATE, 8:30 A.M. JULY 13, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The staff at Dudley’s on Short, a popular downtown restaurant, has all tested negative for coronavirus ad the business has met all health standards and will reopen Tuesday, July 14.

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That’s two days earlier than expected, according to Debbie Long.

“We are excited to reopen our doors tomorrow after all staff members have tested negative for COVID-19, and we have received approval from the Environmental Health Department! Thank you for your patience, and we can’t wait to see you,” Long said in a Facebook post at 8 a.m. Monday.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A popular downtown Lexington restaurant is closed temporarily because one of its servers tested positive for COVID-19.

Debbie Long announced on social media that Dudley’s on Short would be closed until July 16 after the staff member tested positive July 7.

She described the decision of having to close was the “hardest one in my 40 years of business” but said it was the right one for”the safety of our staff and our customers.”

The restaurant has only been open a few weeks after being closed by the coronavirus shutdown.