Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Maine Diner expects to serve its 6 millionth customer next week.
The diner opened 29 years ago on Route 1 in Wells. It apparently took the blue-and-white eatery 12 years to serve its first one million customers.
It hit 2 million four years later, and has averaged a million customers every three-and-a-half years since then.
What will that lucky 6 millionth customer get? Gift certificates, flowers, gift cards, food from different vendors, and a cake.
Everyone else who descends on the diner like lemmings on crack between now and then will get a raffle ticket for a $1,000 vacation voucher from AAA. The drawing will be held when that 6 millionth customer walks through the door.
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod [at] pressherald.com.
On Twitter: @susansaxelrod
Wendy Almeida and her family have a smattering of livestock and a summer garden. After 10 years of her kids being involved in 4-H, she's finally accepted the term "hobby farm" to describe her family's work at sustainable living. These days her morning starts with milking a goat before heading into the office for her day job as an assistant editor for features.
Wendy can be contacted at wea [at] mainetoday.com or on Twitter @wea1021.