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Wednesday, Oct. 7, 3:46 p.m.

Johnny’s Restaurant moves from Old Town to Orono

Johnny’s Restaurant, a long-time business and weekend staple for college students and local Old Town residents alike, has relocated from Main Street to Stillwater Avenue in Old Town.

Johnny’s opened for business Jan. 1 in its new location, which was the former Marketplace Cafe, a Greek-style restaurant.

In Johnny’s former location, the restaurant would fill up quickly, especially on the weekends, with only a limited amount of seating.

The best part is “the new location has space,” said Lynette Ogden, the new owner of Johnny’s Restaurant. Ogden was a waitress for nine years at the previous Main Street location. She now owns the restaurant and continues to work there.

Steve Boucouvalas, the former building owner of both Johnny’s and Tim’s Little Big Store, sold Johnny’s restaurant in Oct. 2011 to Danai “Eddie” Srisodsai, the owner of Thai Orchid in Orono.

Tim’s Little Big Store is another favorite among college students for its discounted beverages.

With the sale of the building Ogden decided it was either “start somewhere else or start new,” she reported.

“We are now closer to the university,” Ogden said. “It’s the first restaurant you see off the highway, other than some fast-food [chains].”

“Community support has been overwhelming,” Ogden said about the new location. “There have been a lot of new faces and a lot of old faces.”

Johnny’s is more or less the same, Ogden explained. She reassured the same menu with a few added items, even including the same pizza recipe.

“It’s more room, [but] the same atmosphere,” she said.

There are a few new things that college students will now be able to enjoy. Johnny’s now serves beer and dinner. Ogden reported that for the past two years in the former location the restaurant closed at 2 p.m.

Ogden is excited to get the dinner crowd once again.

“We wanted to bring the night business back,” she said.

Restaurant hours are Sunday through Wednesday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., breakfast is served all day.

“It’s picking up each and every night,” Ogden said.

“There was a lot more room inside,” wrote Kaitlin Harmon, a fourth-year nursing student in an email about her experience at the new location.

“Our favorite waitress was still there. […] The place is really cute now and way closer,” wrote Saige Weeks, a third-year student in the same email.