Treat yourself to world-famous food like grandma used to make! The Maine Diner is located in Wells, Maine. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The diner, which has a seating capacity of 90 and a year-round staff of about 60, serves an average of 1,200 to 1,500 patrons on a peak summer day. Check out the Maine Diner website.
Socrates “Soky” Toton, an Albanian immigrant, purchased the original Maine Diner in the early 1950s. Toton did the cooking and his wife Margaret waited on tables along with another full-time waitress and two part-time waitresses. The Maine Diner became well known for their made-from-scratch food; they grew much of their own produce behind the diner.
During the mid-1950s, the old building was moved and a new building was built. The Totons lived next to the Diner, in the house that is now the diner’s gift shop. The diner was open year-round until Margaret died in 1966. After she died, Toton closed the restaurant for a year. After that, Toton opened the diner from Labor Day to Memorial Day and closed it for the summer.
Toton ran the diner until he had a heart attack in January 1980; he died the following month.
Brothers Myles and Dick Henry purchased the Diner in 1983. Their first customer was a man who crashed into a pole near the parking lot. He had mistaken the diner for a bar he was looking for. Myles died in 2010. The diner is managed by Jim MacNeill.
The Maine Diner was featured on NBC’s The Today Show. Also, it was mentioned in the magazine Travel + Leisure and in the Jane and Michael Stern Book “Eat Your Way Across The USA.” Cartoonist Wiley Miller said called the diner the model for Flo’s Offshore Diner in his cartoon strip Non Sequitur.