C.D. “Pat” Farnsworth opened Farnsworth’s Cafe in Orono, Maine in July 1931. Pat’s dream was backed by $175.00, long hours and hard work. Because of his efforts, Pat saw the cafe, which originally sold ice cream and confections, become a full service restaurant. In 1953 Pat added pizza to his menu. The fresh dough pizza, topped with a special sauce developed by Pat and his wife Fran, it was an instant success. Pat’s change in the menu transformed Farnsworth Cafe into Pat’s Pizza. Over the years Pat’s Pizza has become a favorite of University of Maine students. In fact, it has been said that an education at the University is not complete without a Pat’s Pizza.
Pat Farnsworth passed away on February 3, 2003 at the age of 90. His work ethic and philosophies live on in each location.