The Dobro in Peterborough is silenced after an 11-year run

Yet another downtown pub and live music venue lost, as owner Kevin Carley opts not to renew lease

The Dobro at 287-289 George Street North in downtown Peterborough has been closed since September, after owner Kevin Carley decided not to renew his lease. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)
The Dobro at 287-289 George Street North in downtown Peterborough has been closed since September, after owner Kevin Carley decided not to renew his lease. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)

Add The Dobro to the list of downtown pubs that have closed their doors for good and, in the process, taken yet another stage away from Peterborough musicians.

Himself a musician, Kevin Carley opened The Dobro in 2007 and regularly hosted local and out-of-town musicians. (Photo: Kevin Carley / Facebook)
Himself a musician, Kevin Carley opened The Dobro in 2007 and regularly hosted local and out-of-town musicians. (Photo: Kevin Carley / Facebook)

The pub, located at 287-289 George Street North, was owned and operated by Kevin Carley, himself a musician who often played there with his own band.

Carley opened the business in 2007 and, over the years since, provided a stage not only for local talent but a host of visiting artists such as Donnie Walsh of Downchild fame, SAB and The Family Band, MonkeyJunk, and Paul Reddick.

The Dobro also hosted a weekly open stage.

According to Carley, with his lease coming up for renewal, “I didn’t feel like I wanted to commit” to another lease.

With the building vacant since September, Peterborough DBIA executive director Terry Guiel says there is, at this point, no definitive plans regarding a new tenant.

The Dobro joins The Spill, the Boots and Bourbon Saloon, and The Pig’s Ear on the list of downtown pubs that have closed within the past two years — The Pig’s Ear property having been purchased by Parkview Homes following the retirement of longtime owner and operator John Punter.

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