The Maine Diner is an award-winning family-owned restaurant, open since 1983. But the story of the Maine Diner really starts long before 1983 — some thirty years before, in fact. The story, and the diner itself, was started by Socrates “Louie” Toton. Louie had owned a diner in Boston and started the Maine Diner as his “retirement” diner. He was also an avid gardener, and the property came with a big patch of fertile land in the back. So, he closed the diner in the summer so he could spend all his time in the garden.
To this day we still maintain the garden. During the summer we serve produce whose freshness is measured in minutes. The half-acre plot produces an abundant bonanza of broccoli, green peppers, zucchini, asparagus, carrots, summer squash, cucumbers, green and yellow beans, tomatoes, eggplant, beets and butternut squash when in season. No matter what time of year you come for a meal at the diner, you can count on the very freshest and best ingredients going into every dish. We guarantee it.
Our first customer, in 1983, came here by accident. Literally by accident! He drove his car into a pole near our parking lot! It seems that he had mistaken us for a certain bar, and apparently zigged when he should have zagged. He stayed, and had a meal with his coffee.
That same day in 1983, we had 41 more customers come through the door. Total receipts were $42. The next day, a hundred customers came. Since then, we have served over 7 million customers. On a typical summer day, our count will easily increase by over a thousand.
It is very humbling to think this little blue and white landmark is known around the word for our hallmark hometown hospitality, speedy service and hearty home cooking. And we are pleased to say that over the years the Diner has earned numerous accolades including: appearances on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, NBC’s Today Show and the Phantom Gourmet Show out of Boston; the 2010 Maine Restaurant Association’s Restaurateur of the Year Award; winning the New England Cable Network’s (NECN) Best Diner in New England contest; an appearance in the prestigious 2nd Annual New Orleans Roadfood Festival; and earning a top rating from the Phantom Gourmet in New England.
Our philosophy is simple. Treat our customers like guests in our own home. You deserve the best home-cooked food, in a clean and friendly atmosphere. That is one thing we promise we will never outgrow.
We are conveniently located on Rte. 1 North (the last restaurant on the right before Kennebunk) in Wells, Maine. The Diner opens daily at 7 A.M.