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Iconic Old Town restaurant back in business on Main Street

An Old Town business owner and a few locals have come together to revive one of the city’s most popular restaurants.
An iconic Old Town restaurant has come back to life thanks to a local business owner.
An iconic Old Town restaurant has come back to life thanks to a local business owner.(WABI)
Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 2:45 PM EST
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OLD TOWN, Maine (WABI) - An Old Town business owner and a few locals have come together to revive one of the city’s most popular restaurants.

The iconic Johnny’s Family Restaurant is open, again, on Main Street.

“It’s very busy here. I’m so excited that people come and support me, support us, and give us business,” said Sunny Patel, owner of Johnny’s Family Restaurant.

Patel owns the Tim’s Little Big Store across the street.

Over the years, customers would come in and rave about Johnny’s Family Restaurant and the great the food there.

After learning about how much the pizza joint meant to locals, he decided to revive it, with the help of Dottie Ehman.

“When he gave me the opportunity I jumped. I’m probably too old to do it but I’m doing it,” said Ehman.

Dottie was just 15 years old when she began working at the original Johnny’s Family Restaurant.

She’s now managing the crew.

“It’s like seeing all your family again because these people have been coming here since they were kids and it’s nice. It’s very nice,” Ehmann explained.

Dottie and Sunny are working with a small crew to get the restaurant up and running again, nearly a decade after it closed.

For Dottie, it’s like being home.

“There’s really no restaurant on this end of town that your average person can afford to go to,” explained Ehman. “Everybody is thrilled to have us back.”

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WABI visited the staple back in 2008. The restaurant was booming then, too.

It may look different today, but the food is still the same.

“I talked to so many people and they say, Sunny I had a dagwood and that was a very good sandwich. It’s the same as it was back in the day,” said Patel.

The restaurant serves good ol’ comfort food like burgers, sandwiches, and pizza.

Breakfast options are available, too.

For now, they’re open for breakfast and lunch, from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with hopes of expanding.

The crew is also learning work with each other and recreate the locals’ favorites.

“t’s been fun, but it’s been crazy. It’s a big difference and it’s for the better,” said Ehman.

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