Palace Diner – Biddeford, Maine

Maine’s Oldest Diner- The Palace Diner, a c.1926 Pollard. One of only two Pollards that still exist.

Blueberry pancakes. Deliciously buttery, with a nice crisp to the outside. Something you can only get from a good diner grill, by a good grillman.



The Pollard diner tag.

Manufactured by Hedlund Food Service Equipment, Worcester, MA.
I can’t find any other record of Hedlund apart from the tag. Take a look at the photo after the one of me sitting at the counter. Hedlund did beautiful metalwork.

Early morning at the diner. Really great coffee. The counter has the marks of years of elbows, years of coffee cups. The ghosts of thousands of patrons. There’s less wear at the ends of the diner, more wear towards the griddle. Everyone wants to watch the show.

Great backbar.

Behind the counter- the men responsible for making this one of my top 10 diners.

A shot of the Palace Diner in the factory, located at 463 Chelmsford St., Lowell, MA.
Note the original panels and the original smaller windows. These were swapped out for larger windows and the current paint scheme you see today.

They’re located at
18 Franklin St
Biddeford, ME 04005

and check out their website.


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