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Owner says construction caused E. Hartford restaurant closure

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Joey's Restaurant on Burnside Avenue is closing its doors Sunday due to a state road improvement project. (WFSB) Joey's Restaurant on Burnside Avenue is closing its doors Sunday due to a state road improvement project. (WFSB)
EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A beloved East Hartford restaurant is closing its doors Sunday due to a state road improvement project.

Joey's Restaurant on Burnside Avenue said they've lost 80% of customers due to road construction.

Owner Nick Mancini has been running the restaurant for 28 years, but six months ago road work began to cripple the business. 

"They actually eliminated every single parking spot I have to have a bike lane which I don't see too many bikes going down," said Mancini.

The project brought Burnside Avenue from four lanes to two. Although some shoulders were wide enough for on-street parking.

However, there is no parking allowed in front of Joey's.

"There is really no other way to keep on," said Mancini.

The nearly $3.5 million project was started three years ago as part of a plan to improve pedestrian safety.

An investigation by the Department of Transportation found there were six accidents involving bicyclists and eights accidents involving pedestrians between 2007 and 2009.

Three people were killed within the span of a few months.

DOT spokesperson Kevin Nursick said they are now aware of the parking issue.

"We were just notified by the business owner last week. At this time the project is almost complete but we are looking to make parking accommodations," said Nursick.

DOT officials also said there is on-street parking three cars-length away from the restaurant.

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