At the Dunn Bar, we’re truly committed to our motto: Let the Food Be Fresh and The Spirits Aged
The Dunn Bar
A Vision And Spiritual Successor
The concept of the Dunn Bar was inspired by the history of the Wonderbar. The Droggitis family erected a fantastic building and ran a superior community offering through the Wonderbar for decades. Dining at the Wonderbar was the center of political activity and family life in Biddeford for countless people for literal generations.
While challenges within the city led to the establishment’s decline over the last several decades, it holds a special place in the collective heart and history of Biddeford and was a local landmark until it finally closed for the last time in 2020.
The vision for the Dunn Bar is to return the classic elegance of the Wonderbar, set to current ways of enjoying dining. Our motto –
Let the Food be Fresh and the Spirits aged
– is how we run every aspect of the business. With local suppliers of meats, fish, cheeses, and coffee. Everything is made from scratch daily.
We chose a style of an Irish Pub to incorporate many dining options that were not available in Biddeford. They richly restored the interior space to create the warmth of a local Irish Pub and finished it with the perfect pint and classic cocktails that you are sure to enjoy.
Doug Darby and Ciel Caldwell are residents of Biddeford Maine. They call Biddeford home along with owning properties in town that provide a broad range of housing options for fellow community members.
In 2019 they opened LaundrYuP! an Italian Café and Laundromat with a mission of building a closer community.
In 2021, they purchased the Wonderbar building with an aim to restore its splendor and bring more housing options to an area of Biddeford being proliferated with only single – bedroom housing options.
So are we! Doug’s family name when they were originally in Tullow, Ireland was Dunn – but for a mysterious reason no one has been able to discover – it became Darby as the family passed through England before coming to Massachusetts in the 1800s.
Local Maine Ingredients From Local Maine Businesses
To achieve our vision, we locally source our premium meats, fish, cheese, and coffee from local businesses. Our premium meats come from Pineland Farms, our fish from SoPo Seafood, our cheeses are curated and sourced by Nibblesford, across the street from our location on Washington St. and our coffee is roasted locally by Time & Tide.