We're just getting word from owner Lisa Wardwell and the business's Facebook Page that they have had to close for good. We have not heard anything in regards to Lisa's other longstanding Central Maine business, Lisa's Restaurant & Catering.

The China Dine-ah has been a staple not only in the small town of South China Maine, but has always been synonymous with their slogan, "where food, friends, family and fun come together."

From the original vision of creator Norm Elvin, to the delightful smiles and amazing remodels from successor Lisa Wardwell, the China Dine-ah has always been known as the best spot around for great local home-cooked meals.

As the COVID-19 situation remains fluid, and dine-in restaurants are still being forced to keep their doors shut, we shutter to think 'who could be next'. Sad it is to live in a time when thinking about our local businesses closing for good, the conversation has shifted from "if" to "when".