Simone's is a small restaurant in Lewiston. For much of its existence, it has been a hot dog stand. Through two world wars, the Depression and tumultuous second half of the Twentieth Century, the Simone family has been dishing up "red snappers."
"It's a generational thing," says owner Jimmy Simone. "Their parents came here. Their grandparents came here."
In 1966, the family established the "new" restaurant at 99 Chestnut Street in Lewiston.
It's also a popular stop for politicians. Everyone who has ever been elected to major public office in Maine has greeted the public at Simone's.
Son George works at the restaurant and is poised to take it into a fourth generation. That's good news for customers who want to make sure the comfort of being in a place where everybody knows your name can continue for a long time to come.