Farewell Forest Diner

It's the end of an era for this historic diner.

After nearly 70 years, the is closing.

The diner, on the same lot as the former on Baltimore National Pike, will serve its last coffee on May 28 as the Forest Green mixed-use development ramps up.

And Carole Frick will be there.

“I used to come here with my husband. When he passed away,” she said, “well, I still came.”

Frick sat at the counter Thursday talking with her waitress, Ellen. Though she wouldn’t refer to her as such.

“The girls are my family,” she said, referring to the waitresses. “I come for the girls.”

Ellen responded in kind, “these are not my customers. They’re my family.”

There aren’t many places left like the Forest Diner, Frick said. Places where, when she steps foot through the door, her coffee is set down, waiting for her.

“I will be here on the 28th,” she said of the diner’s last day. “And I will follow the girls over to Jilly’s.”

Ellen said that all of the diner’s waitresses have jobs waiting for them at , across the street in the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center.

When asked if either woman wanted to take a piece of the building with them, to remember it by, Frick said the building wasn’t important.

“The building has changed,” she said, noting that the bathrooms had moved and additional rooms have been built. “But the people haven’t.”

As Ellen walked over to the coffee machine, she said she didn’t care for keepsakes either, but thought again, turning back toward Frick with a laugh.

“I may take a spoon.”


Do you have memories of the Forest Diner? What other historic Ellicott City businesses do you miss?

FRANCIS May 20, 2012 at 01:29 PM
I agree with Lisa. The Forest Diner is a treasure,while Double T is horrible. Rude management and low employee morale combine for an awful atmosphere. There is no comparison and I cannot imagine anything will improve there once the Forest is gone
Brandie Jefferson May 20, 2012 at 03:20 PM
That'd be pretty cool. I'll try to find out!
Daisy_MAe May 22, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Shame on you. This is not the place to error your grievances. This is the passing of an era at a destination that clearly many, many people have enjoyed over the years. The best part of an opinion? Knowing when NOT to state it.
Tiffany Thomas-Randall June 22, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I am sorry, I am new to the area and went to Forest DIner and me and my daughter waited 10 min to get seated, there was no crowd. It was like they saw us standing there waiting to get sat, but wanted us to leave. the hostess was nasty, she took us to a table near the back door close to a hanging flytrap and when we sat water was dripping on my head from the ceiling. I came there because Double Tree was packed, which is the place I would normally visit and both the atmospher and attituse at Forest DIner was disgusting. I could not believe they were open and saying they had the best food. Needless to say I do not think they took too kindly to my kind of people.
Tiffany Thomas-Randall June 22, 2012 at 01:15 PM
And so I left the diner without even getting a drink


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