Our Building's Early Beginnings
The Orchard Street Chop Shop is housed in the original Dover Firehouse. Built in 1865 for the horse-drawn fire trucks, it is one of the oldest historic landmarks in the city. It was used as the firehouse up until the 1970's when it was converted to the Firehouse I restaurant. It has been a restaurant ever since.
On Easter Sunday 2003, a fire gutted the kitchen and did extensive smoke damage to both the first and second floor. The Firehouse I closed its doors for good. In January 2004, Chris Kozlowski, better known as "Koz" and owner of the famous Crescent City Bistro and Rum Bar, had the opportunity to purchase the building and began rebuilding the interior. After four short months and close to one million dollars later, Koz opened up the new Orchard Street Chop Shop, a prime steakhouse. If one has seen the restaurant before the renovations to the changes inside now, it is no less than awe-inspiring.
Come in and check us out for yourself.
Orchard Street Chop Shop