Pandemic casualty: China Dine-ah closing permanently

China Dine-ah on Lakeview Drive in China.

The China Dine-ah, a popular eatery in South China, will remain closed permanently, according to owner Lisa Wardwell.

In a Facebook post, Wardwell declared, “It is with immense sadness that I am writing this message to let you all know that the China Dine-ah will not be reopening for the foreseeable future. Being closed for what will be ten weeks on June 1, and now finding out that all of the fairs and many other events have been canceled, in addition to not being allowed to run at full capacity, indicates that we will be losing much of our summer business that we rely on.

“Unfortunately, we can not survive this type of loss. We want all of our loyal customers in China, across the state of Maine and beyond to know that it has truly been a pleasure serving you. We are going to put all of our efforts into reopening our Augusta location, Lisa’s, on Bangor Street, on June 1. We would love your support and you can expect the same exceptional service and delicious food you were accustomed to at the Dine-ah. Thank you for your years of patronage and we hope our paths will cross again soon.”

Norm Elvin, who founded the restaurant in 2008, said, “Sure hope it’s feasible to get the Dine-ah up and going next spring. Not saying I will open it, but I will do everything in my power to make it a rebirth after a year of being shut down.” Elvin sold the Dine-ah to Wardwell in 2014.


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