Our Story

The Elm Tree has a long and fascinating history.  It begins back in 1947 when the diner first opened and continues through today, with the Elm Tree Diner playing an important part in the life of many of us here in Northern Maine.  Throughout those years there’s been a continued commitment to creating fresh, great tasting food, served in a friendly environment.

In this area  of the site we will provide links to articles in the media that shed light on the story of the Elm Tree Diner, along with photos of our journey.

Do you have any pictures of the Elm Tree Diner from years past?  We would love to present them here?  Please email us at theoffice@elmtreediner.com.

Business of the Year – Gary Dwyer, owner, and Rene McGillicuddy, manager, received the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award. for 2011.

The Elm Tree Diner In The News

Reopening After The Fire – Houlton Pioneer Times

Landmark Diner to Be Rebuilt – Bangor Daily News

Fire Ruled Accidental – Bangor Daily News

Fire Damages the Elm Tree Diner – Bangor Daily News






From 1972 through 2006 the Elm Tree was owned and operated by Brenda and Caleb Bell who served generations with great food, and set a high standard for customer service that we inspires all of us to do our best.



Here’s a water color done by Don Hinckley showing the diner in the early 80’s.