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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: March 10, 2014

Palace Diner in Biddeford opens Wednesday

Written by: Susan Axelrod

The Palace Diner in Biddeford. Press Herald file photo.

Maine’s oldest diner will enter a new era on Wednesday, March 12 when chefs Chad Conley (formerly of Gather in Yarmouth) and his business partner Greg Mitchell open the Palace Diner for breakfast and lunch. The 15-seat diner, said to be the third-oldest in the country, is located at 18 Franklin St. in Biddeford. Conley and Mitchell are its sixth owners in more than 86 years.

For the past couple of months, the new owners have offered Sunday breakfasts, announced on their Facebook page to shake out the kinks. Now, they’ll be open from 7 am to 3 pm Wednesday through Friday and from 8 am to 2 pm Saturday and Sunday. Eventually, they plan to offer dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.

A menu is not yet posted online, but in November, Conley told the Press Herald’s Meredith Goad that he would be serving a ” ‘well-sourced, well-executed’ breakfast and lunch menu of classic diner fare.” Read that story HERE.


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