Lee’s All American Family Diner opens

Lee’s All American Family Diner, scheduled to open this week at 108 Main Street, the former location of Louie’s Diner, and Mama Pho.
Lee’s All American Family Diner, scheduled to open this week at 108 Main Street, the former location of Louie’s Diner, and Mama Pho.

WINSTED — According to town Land Use Assistant Pamela Colombie, three new restaurants will be opening over the next few months.
The first restaurant, Lee’s All American Family Diner, is scheduled to open this week at 108 Main Street, the former location of Louie’s Diner, and Mama Pho.
The second restaurant is the Railway Café, which is scheduled to open either in December or January at 580 Main Street, which is between F&G Richards Jewelers and the Law Office of Ellen C. Marino.
The Café is relocating from Canaan.
The third restaurant is Chicken and Pies, which is still in its development stage and is expected to open at 127 Main Street, the former location of many restaurants over the years, including Wendy’s, Berry Tree Frozen Yogurt, and Dunkin’ Donuts.
Lee’s is the first out of the gate and is owned by William Fluitt.
In an interview with The Winsted Phoenix, Fluitt said that he has worked as a consultant in the restaurant industry for over 23 years.
“What I would do is I would consult with the restaurant owner, design it, create a menu for them, open it and then move on to the next one,” Fluitt said. “This is the first one that I have opened myself.”
Fluitt said that the diner will offer food made from scratch.
“We will not use canned food if it can be avoided,” he said. “We will have a homemade corned beef hash, which is right from the corned beef. I cook the whole roast of corned beef, break it down, then make the hash from it. We also have fresh turkey pot pie.”
Fluitt said that the diner also offers roast turkey, and burritos made from scratch.
“We also have a specialty called ‘country bread,’ which is jalapeno cornbread with pulled pork topped with smothered gravy,” he said. “We also no longer call sandwiches ‘sandwiches.’ We are bringing it back to its roots. We are calling it ‘tucked between the bread.’ From the beginning that’s what it was called. The first person to create it was a gambler and he did not want to get up from the table. So what did he do? He asked the houseman to make him some meat between the bread. That’s what we have on our menu: ‘tucked between the bread.’”
The diner is open daily from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers both take-out and deliveries free of charge.
For more information call 860-909-1506.

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