Friday marked the official grand opening for the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill in Ellsworth. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MAXWELL HAUPTMAN

New Dairy Queen opens in Ellsworth



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.”

Maxwell Hauptman

Maxwell Hauptman

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Maxwell Hauptman has been reporting for The Ellsworth American since 2018. He covers eastern Hancock and western Washington counties and welcomes story tips and ideas. He can be reached at [email protected]

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