People stop in while visiting relatives, he said.
“They always come back,” Andreoli said.
Celebrities including Rex Trailer and Chubby Checker have called at MaryAnn’s. A wall has portraits of many presidential candidates stopping at the diner.
MaryAnn’s had a second location years ago on the Methuen-Lawrence line, but gave it up because of staffing challenges, Andreoli said.
Still, the family had always given thought to expansion.
“My idea was to franchise or open other locations,” Andreoli said. “I always said if the right location comes along or things are conducive to it, we’d definitely consider expanding.”
The younger Andreoli also brings executive experience to the second MaryAnn’s. His father said he has been president of a nutrition company for 10 years.
The Glynn family business that operates Cobbetts Pond Plaza confirmed the lease deal and referred questions to MaryAnn’s about the opening of the second restaurant.