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Blue Colony Diner Thanks People Of Newtown And Surrounding Area For Support



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Exit 10 off I-84 has been synonymous with Blue Colony Diner for travelers and locals alike since Eftihios “Eddy” Marnelakis first opened the doors in March 1973. Following Eddy’s passing in late 2016, his son, George Marnelakis, and his family — wife Michelle, son Eftihios and his wife, Eleni, son Mihali and daughter Xristina — continue to carry on the tradition of greeting new and old friends and are serving up a warm welcome and comfort food with a Greek flair.

When the COVID-19 pandemic was causing many businesses to close, Blue Colony Diner was able to persevere and stay open thanks to the unwavering support of many people.

Having never closed the beloved diner — even temporarily — in its more than 45 years of business, the staff quickly adjusted to COVID-19 guidelines and began offering outdoor dining, curbside pickup, and delivery.

Not only did the Blue Colony Diner not have to shut its doors, but it also saw an outpouring of love from the local community and surrounding area that made a positive impact in the lives of all those who work there.

George remembers fondly how individuals and organizations, including the local Boy Scouts, bought gift cards and offered words of encouragement about how much they appreciate the Blue Colony Diner.

“I want to thank all the people of Newtown and beyond for supporting us during COVID,” George said.

He cannot express enough just how grateful he is to all those who supported Blue Colony Diner in such a difficult time.

Today, the restaurant offers all indoor seating and continues to follow state guidelines as well as to err on the side of caution to ensure all its guests are comfortable returning.

The diner will also continue to offer curbside pickup and delivery through DoorDash, the latter of which can be done by visiting bluecolonydiner.com.

The Blue Colony seats 210 diners at booths and tables in two dining rooms split by a front counter loaded with pastries and baked goods, all made on premises. Packaged cookies, bars, and cupcakes are ready to go, as are any of several pies, the popular challah bread, and the creamy cheesecake for which Blue Colony is known. Regulars linger over a cup of coffee and breakfast — day or night — at the counter, watching the staff bustle in and out of the large kitchen just beyond.

All of this is housed inside a classic Art Deco diner, updated in 2003 from its original stone facade to the gleaming chrome and blue exterior that passersby find hard to miss. An extensive parking area surrounds the diner, well lit at night, and always alive with music of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s spilling out of loudspeakers placed over the doors.

Blue Colony Diner is a destination for highway travelers passing through the western part of Connecticut. Probably half of the customers are from out of town, said George, “but many we’ve seen pass through for years. We even know them by name,” he said. Locals make up the other half, with the Blue Colony Diner being a draw for high school students and school teams to meet after workouts and games.

“You see them in here with the teams, then the next thing you know, they’ve grown up and married and are bringing their kids in,” he said. “A diner is a local gathering place, and we’re open 24 hours a day.” The entire extensive menu is available 24/7 — dinner in the morning or breakfast at night.

To be a real diner means to make nearly everything from scratch, he added, something the Blue Colony Diner is proud to say it does. Vegetables and fruits are fresh, all of the meats used are roasted or grilled in the kitchen, and the challah bread and Italian loaf come out of the Blue Colony Diner ovens, as do the dozens of desserts and baked goods items.

A Sample Of The Menu

Breakfast: Choose from more than two dozen egg dishes, any style. Eggs with blintzes (a thin, filled crepe) or gyro (lamb and beef strips) or liver are among the special options. French toast made from Blue Colony Diner’s challah bread is a big seller. Pancakes come with a variety of additions, or try the rolled pancake with blueberries or strawberries. Belgian waffles at Blue Colony Diner are a malted, crispy treat. Add bacon, ham, sausage, eggs, or fruit. Six variations on the egg sandwich are available. Jumbo bagels are delivered daily from Brooklyn. The Bagel All The Way is piled with cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and onion, and topped with coleslaw.

Lunch: Three pages of more than 30 cold sandwiches, plus wraps, panini, triple-deckers, hot open sandwiches, and specialty sandwiches means there is something for everyone. A best seller is the open chicken souvlaki, with chunks of grilled chicken breast on pita with a tzatziki (cucumber yogurt) sauce. The Monte Cristo sandwich is also a favorite: ham, Swiss cheese, and turkey on French toast. Sandwiches usually come with french fries and coleslaw. All soups are made in the Blue Colony Diner kitchen.

Burgers: Burgers are one-third-pound all beef, with a variety of options; turkey burgers and vegetarian burgers are available as well. The Country Burger is topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, BBQ sauce, and fried onion rings.

Salads: There are more than a dozen salads, including the mesclun mix, combining greens, grilled chicken, avocado, mandarin oranges, and Gorgonzola cheese.

Entrees: Dinner specials, such as beef stroganoff with noodles or broiled fresh red salmon change daily. Greek spanakopita, a spinach and feta pie; skewered meat or fish and vegetable shish kebab; London broil with mushroom sauce; seafood-stuffed jumbo shrimp; and Italian specialties are among dozens of dinner options.

Kids Menu: From a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich to sliced turkey with cranberry sauce, potato, and vegetable.

Beer, Wine, Full Bar: Yes

Blue Colony Diner is at 66 Church Hill Road, just off I-84 Exit 10, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 203-426-0745 or visit bluecolonydiner.com for more information and a complete menu.

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