Local restaurateur Rudy Cielke signs a 10 Year land lease deal for $90/month, getting permission to dig a foundation
and place a diner at the northwest corner of North Elm & Main Street (Lawrence Square) in Torrington, CT (View Lease)
The diner is brought into Torrington from somewhere in the Saybrook CT area and placed into position. Ceilke, along with
Tom Ryan and John Miran prepare to open "Rudy's" Diner.
After hearing about a new diner coming to town from a local tavern owner, local cook and WWII veteran Anthony Cisowski investigates this and strikes a deal with Ceilke to purchase the diner.
The original Land Lease is transfered over to Cisowski who partners with his brother Edmund and together open up
Skee's Diner for business. They hire Stanley "Stash" Smigel as cook. (View Lease) (View Photo) (View Video)
The name Skee's Diner becomes official with the filing of a Trade Name Certificate.(View Certificate) (View Photo)
Although the basement became flooded during the great flood of 1955, Skee's Diner manages to survive. (View Photo)
Diner sold to Charles & Judith Jacquemin (Belmonte) (Read Register Citizen Article)
Story in Hartford Courant (Read Article)
Diner sold to Carol & Greg Yarrison
Plans in motion to place Skee's Diner on the National Register of Historic Places (Read Register Citizen Article)
Diner to be sold to Sam Cardonski who plans to move it to New Milford and rename it "Lulu's Nightowl Café" (Read Register Citizen Article)
Diner sale falls through during the closing
Diner immortalized on greeting card by photographer Jeffery Milstein of Paper House Productions, Woodstock NY. (Read Register Citizen Article)
Diner subject of painting by famed painter John Baeder
Diner sold to Eric Outwater (Read Register Citizen Article)
Diner sold to Robert & Maria Levesque (Read Register Citizen Article)
Diner put up for sale
Diner closes, remains for sale
Diner leased to Amal Boughanem & Douglas Londen (Read Register Citizen Article)
Diner subject of painting for second time by John Baeder (View Painting)
Amal & Douglas reopen Diner (Read Register Citizen Article)
Diner Closes for the final time
Diner placed on the National Register of Historic Places (View Application)
Northwest Connecticut Chamber Education Foundation purchases Skee's Diner.
Torrington Historical Preservation Trust receives diner from Chamber.