ELLSWORTH — Once a favorite haunt for late night diners and with a steady stream of daytime customers, Denny’s shuttered its doors almost one year ago. The closure of the city’s version of the open-24-hour chain diner was permanent and likely pandemic-related, although the company has made no official statement apart from a Facebook announcement the day it closed. Now the vacant building, with weeds growing in the asphalt cracks of its parking lot, is for sale.
But don’t pull out your checkbook unless you can handle the $2 million price tag.
Built in 1998 on a 2.37-acre parcel in a prime location, the interior of the former restaurant is listed at 5,600 square feet. And, if the asking price is a deterrent, the seller is also ready to lease the property. In fact, Acadia Realty Group agent Steven Shelton said 75 High Street LLC, the Maine-registered company that owns the property, prefers to lease the premises.
The year-long wait between the closure and the offer to sell or lease came because that is how long it took for Denny’s and 75 High Street LLC, which is owned by a Maryland resident, to settle the existing lease.
“The condition is excellent,” Shelton said.
“It’s ready to go as a restaurant.” he added, “I have plenty of other restaurants if you want a cheaper one.”