It has been a busy two months since Alan and Scott Nash-Pelletier opened Orchids at the Fraser Mansion building in Madawaska.


The pair have been busy getting reacquainted with customers from their previous restaurant, getting to know new patrons and even helping to raise funds to send the Pride of Madawaska Marching Band to the presidential inauguration.

The Fraser Mansion, previously operated as a bed and breakfast owned by Robert and Linda Pelletier, boasted a successful business with rooms renting for up to $180 per night. In late Nov. 2015, the property sustained an unfortunate fire. After the fire, the owners decided not to reopen the business leaving a void in the heart of the town at this historical building. Orchids, LLC purchased the property from the Pelletier’s and began extensive renovations.

Orchids was an existing restaurant in Madawaska until their lease was not renewed. The business operated at the prior location for a year with sales far exceeding original expectations.

“Part of the reason for this is because of the unique fare we are able to offer, along with their strong attention to detail when it comes to food, and exceptional service when it comes to the customer,” said Alan Nash-Pelletier.

It was because of the high demand and strong support from the local community that Alan and Scott knew they had to find a new, more permanent location for their restaurant. That’s when they secured financing through various sources including Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC). It was at NMDC where Alan and Scott worked with David Spooner, Loan Officer and Josh Nadeau, Small Business Director to secure the final phase of financing to put the total project together.

“We really appreciate the time and effort Dave and Josh spent helping us to put this project together,” said Scott Nash-Pelletier. “Each of them had made multiple trips up to Madawaska to help see the project through.”

Reservations can be made by calling 207- 728-9232. You can also visit their website at

For more information about free small business counseling and small business loans, contact Nadeau, NMDC at 493-5765 or by email at or Spooner at 493-5766 or by email at

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