After tragedy, Russell family buys diner

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LIVERMORE FALLS — Nathan and Shanna Russell always wanted to own a restaurant but never had the means or time. On April 11, they purchased My Friend’s Place, 160 Fayette Road, and opened for business on April 12.

Shanna said they had no prior experience.

“My son always said, ‘You should open a restaurant because your food is so good.’ He was killed by a drunk driver about a year and a half ago and we started on this venture. We’re brand new, crazy,” she said.

Nathan and Shanna Russell purchased My Friend’s Place in April and renamed the 160 Fayette Road business Moose Hill Diner. Breakfast and lunch are served Sunday through Monday. The diner is open through the evening, Thursday to Saturday. (Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser)

Renamed Moose Hill Diner, home cooked meals are served daily. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday, and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m, Thursday through Saturday.

Customer favorites include biscuits and gravy, corn beef hash and lobster mac ‘n cheese. Breakfast items are available all day.

Pizza, hot and cold sandwiches, salads and other convenience foods are offered. Take out is available.

Beer is sold to drink off premise. Beverages and chips are stocked.

There are daily specials. One goal is the addition of grab-n-go station for pizza slices, breakfast sandwiches, etc.

 

At the Moose Hill Diner, 160 Fayette Road in Livermore Falls, Delaney Russell holds a plate while her mother, Shanna Russell, dishes scrambled eggs from a frying pan. At right, Atoria Amsler tends a pair of blueberry pancakes she made from scratch. (Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser) 

“We’ll see how it goes. If the demand is there, we may expand our hours later,” Shanna said.

Retired from the U.S. Army, Nathan works at Kenway Composites in Augusta. Shanna was previously a registered nurse.

Nathan grew up on the Souther Road. The family moved back to Livermore Falls 10 years ago.

Daughter Delaney Russell works in the diner. Other staff include Atoria Amsler, Tina Baker, Debra Wentworth and Alicia Brown.

“We’ve already met a bunch of wonderful people,” Shanna said.

For more information call 897-3200 or visit https://www.facebook.com/Moose-Hill-Diner-295652287636651/.

pharnden@sunmediagroup.net

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