Skee’s Diner project seeking support to raise funds

I wrote about the news that Skee’s Diner of Torrington, CT was slated to become a Welcome and Information Center for the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce back on January 21st of 2008, see this link….

A few months ago John Baeder got me in touch with Edward Cannata who has gotten involved with this project. Edward has shared some great images and info about this 1920’s vintage O’Mahony diner that he has accumulated in his research. Ed being a novice to the “world of diners” has taken a crash course in diner history (especially where Skee’s is involved) and is determined to get this project moving in the right direction. This includes the moving of the diner to a new, highly visible location where the diner will under go a very sympathetic restoration (in my opinion, it doesn’t need much other than cleaning and updating of utilities and such).

There is now a live website detailing the project with plenty of information, historical and otherwise along with photos and plans. Check it out at…

The Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce is seeking support and donations to help in the project. There will be a kick-off event on May 10th
(Northwest Connecticut Welcome Center Launch Party) at 5:00 pm hosted at PSam’s, 1301 Torringford West Street, Torrington, CT and I understand that Richard Gutman will be the featured speaker. Call the Chamber for details at  860- 482-6586.

7 thoughts on “Skee’s Diner project seeking support to raise funds

  1. Larry is a real inspiration!

    His passion has inspired me to focus much more attention on the historical side of Skee’s. As Larry stated, there are some great photos and documents on the new website, even posted a short 60 sec. video of Edmund Cisowski shot at the diner – he hadn’t been back there in 30 yrs.

    The project is moving along quite well, and I want to thank you Larry for all your assistance!

    • Hi Bruce, I doubt it because as far as I know the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce owns the diner now and the former owners (ST. Marion’s Church) wanted the diner moved.

      • Thanks for the reply dinerhotline.

        Yeah … I checked out the link to the Donation site … nice photos on there of the interior … the mahogany is gorgeous … we’re considering a relocation to the Torrington area, and my girl’s stepdad drove us by to see it and was the one who told me about the Chamber restoration project, but he mistakenly thought it might be leased after the renovation as an actual diner

        I suppose it’ll make a nice welcome center … but what a shame …. that little beauty should be pumping out high quality griddle cakes, omelettes, paninis and tuna melts instead of handing out tourist brochures …

      • Yes Bruce, the ideal thing of course would be that Skee’s could operate as a diner again, but given the size of the place it almost would not be worth it to operate that way. We could always hope.

  2. I agree with you about the size of the diner, seating capacity, etc. being a hindrance in today’s world and economy … it would need to be a specialty type operation, and who’s got the deep enough pockets for that nowadays … I once had a business plan for a similar type kitchen that was housed in a school bus … roadside with some outdoor seating, etc. …. my interest is purely culinary … just the look of that thing inside and I get to salivating over the things I could cook and serve in a tight quarters kitchen like that … ah well … it’s good to dream, anyway ….

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