Customers, employees and town representatives joined owner George Marnelakis and his family at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan 28.
Located at 121 Federal Road, the opening marks the return of the Red Colony Diner, which first opened at this location in 1968. Owner George Marnelakis remembers helping his father, Eddie, who owned the restaurant at the time. “There are so many memories here for me, I remember helping my dad paint the basement when I was a little boy”, said George Marnelakis. John Vlamis works there now as manager; it was his father Jim, who sold the business to Eddie.
Also at the event was waitress Anita Canfield who attended the first opening in 1968. “I think it is great that Brookfield finally has a diner back in town, it was something we really needed. It's even better that George's family has had a history with this location, and how fitting for him to open back up at the same location”, said Jim Fisher, Economic Development Chairman.
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Pictured: Center, cutting the ribbon George Marnelakis, owner, Steve Dunn, First Selectman and Jim Fisher, Economic Development Chairman.