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Wymans Family Diner in Milo opening

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 40, October 01, 2003

By Jessica Lee
Staff Writer

Four generations of Brownville family ready to serve up plate-fuls of 'Ma's cooking' to patrons

MILO Family is the key ingredient in a new restaurant opening on Park Street in Milo.

Wyman's Family Diner is set to open Saturday, Oct. 4, in the former location of Libby's Restaurant. The new owner, Scott Wyman of Brownville, is a former employee at the B&A Railroad, where he worked as a conductor for five years. After he was laid off in January of 2003, he was inspired by his mother's and his two sisters' nearly 50 years cornbined working in the restaurant business.

In addition to Scott, who will handle the bookkeeping and financial aspects of the business, the business will employ several family members. His mother. Holly Wyman of Brownville, will cook. Sisters Lori McLaughlin and Misty Wyman will work as hostesses/waitresses. Scott's fiance Tammy Wohlfeil plans to bake home-made bread, cookies, cakes, pies and more. His brother Richard Wyman and brother-in-law Joe McLaughlin also will work in the restaurant.

And, with Holly Wyman's mother Scott's grandmother, Beatrice Richard of Brownville and Lori McLaughlin's son, 12-year-old Jesse McLaughlin, working weekends washing dishes, there will be four generations of this family vested in the business.

'The whole family talked me into opening this business," said Scott Wyman.

The restaurant has been entirely remodeled since Wyman purchased the building from Richard and Wanda Golding of Hampden, former owners of Libby's, he said.Including counter space, the restaurant will seat 52.

"We're going to offer all home-cooking, and specials all day," Wyman said.

The restaurant will be open Monday through Saturday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will serve breakfast through dinner. Wyman said during the hunting season the restaurant will open early, around 4 a.m., to serve breakfast.

While investing so much into starting a new business has been a bit unresting, he said, "Milo needed another restaurant."

And his mom and sisters stressed that this is a natural move for the family, members of which have spent years learning the trade.

"We want to be family-friendly, and offer home cooking," said sister, Lori McLaughlin. "Ma's cooking."

The restaurant will offer delivery. To place an order or to find out more information, call Wyman's Family Diner at 943-7300.

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