GUILFORD, Maine — Diana McEachern, 42, of Greenville has had her hands in dough since she was a youngster and she enjoys every minute of it.
McEachern recently opened Guilford’s newest restaurant, Aunt DD’s Family Restaurant, at 7 Elm St., on Route 15. The restaurant, which is decorated with old-time logging photographs, is open from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday and employs six people.
Before opening her restaurant, McEachern made desserts for the Black Frog Restaurant in Greenville and served as a bartender. “I decided I didn’t want to be a 50-year-old bartender; I wanted to do my own little business,” she said recently. She serves no alcohol in her restaurant.
It’s not the first business she ventured into. McEachern and her ex-husband owned and operated the former Pastry Paradise several years ago. That business was well known in the region for its skidder-size cookies and other pastries, and McEachern has carried on that tradition in her new restaurant. All her bakery goods, including breads, are handmade, and she has made it her mission to keep all of the meals under $7.95, knowing the local economy is still reeling.
“I just want to offer good food at reasonable prices,” McEachern said.