WALDOBORO, Maine (NEWS CENTER)A few hundred people shared Thanksgiving dinner today at a place that may feel a lot like home, except they didn't have to cook or clean up afterwards.
Moody's Diner, the 85- year old Maine institution in Waldoboro, welcomed customers for Thanksgiving dinner. The owners say the restaurant is always open on this holiday, because people have come to depend on it over the years.
Many of the customers are regulars, but others said they made the trip especially for Thanksgiving. Moody's cooks start prepping days ahead of time for the feast. General Manager Dan Beck, a third-generation member of the Moody family, says his 85-year old uncle Alvah Moody still helps prepare for Thanksgiving, coming in to carve all the turkeys and pork roastsand make the mincemeat for the pies.
The pastry cooks estimate that between takeout orders and the needs of the restaurant itself, they baked about 250 pies this week, plus biscuits and rolls and pumpkin bread. Customers were happy to devour it today. Many of them are Moody's Diner regulars, but others said they travelled a distance to get to the restaurant because of the food, the atmosphere, and being part of such a venerable Maine business.
Moody's does close early on Thanksgiving, ending the day at 3PM so the staff can go home for their own Thanksgiving dinners.