Connecticut residents sure do love their diners. The legendary Red Colony Diner was located at 121 Federal Road in Brookfield when it originally opened in 1968. The good news is that the Red Colony has reopened at the same location, according to an article on

Approximately 14 years ago, in 2007, the Red Colony was replaced by Five Guys, which eventually moved over to 106 Federal Road. Are you still with me? The legendary Frankie's Diner in Bridgeport was supposed to open a second location at the Red Colony's original site in Brookfield, but that fell through.

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Stay with me here. The guy who owns the Blue Colony Diner in Newtown off Exit 10 of I-84, George Marnelaki, has re-opened Brookfield's oldest-and now newest diner, the Red Colony.

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The Red Colony holds fond memories for a much younger Ethan Carey back in 1979 when I began my career at I-95. I left my wife Mindy in Rochester, NY to rent our apartment while searching for a place to live in the Greater Danbury area. I fell in love with the Red Colony. For a couple of months, it became my home away from home for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Red Colony is currently opened at 50 percent capacity and is already seeing a steady customer flow. Larry Cultrera, who lives in Massachusetts, knows his diners because for the last 41 years, he's been snapping photos and writing about the 880 restaurants across America. He's especially fond of the family-owned structure and the sense of community.

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