ELLSWORTH — Exciting news abounds for local burger lovers starved for a new fast-food option.
Friday marked the official grand opening for the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, located in the Maine Coast Mall complex on High Street.
“It’s been a great opening week, we’ve been slammed with customers beyond expectation,” said owner Chris Thorne. “But the whole staff has been working hard and we’ve really been accepted into the community.”
Thorne, who also owns a Dairy Queen location in Brewer and two in Waterville, said he had been eyeing the Ellsworth spot for about six years.
The Dairy Queen first opened on Dec. 31, and since then has been quite the popular destination. While a ribbon cutting ceremony with Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gretchen Wilson was held shortly before the restaurant’s 11 a.m. opening, customers were already lining up.
Thorne said he had already seen quite a few repeat customers in the first week of operations. As for the most popular item?
“Probably the chili cheese dog. Being from Maine, you know, people love their hot dogs.”