At a press conference today, State Representative (and Speaker of the House) Matt Ritter announced $1.3 million for the State's Community Investment Fund for the rehabilitation of the Comet Diner. Ritter was joined by Luke Bronin, Hartford Mayor; Douglas McCrory, State Senator for the 2nd District; Wayne Benjamin, Georgetown Associates; David MacDonald, executive director, AHNA; and Jackie McKinney, chair, AHNA. Ritter, who represents the 1st District in the State House, has been an active supporter of projects in Asylum Hill, including NINA's projects. AHNA helped put together the application for this funding. The combined support from government and community is a real boost for this project, and it will restore an important landmark and restaurant in Asylum Hill.
The Comet Diner was only one of the location's various incarnations. It was originally the Aetna Diner; later it was Oasis (which also had Pancho's, a Mexican restaurant, in the basement), Mississippi Grille, and Dishes.
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