Debra DiGiandomenico, owner of Les’ Dairy Bar, talks about reopening the business after a sale agreement couldn

Les’ Dairy Bar in Meriden plans to open Friday

Les’ Dairy Bar in Meriden plans to open Friday

Les’ Dairy Bar in Meriden plans to open Friday

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MERIDEN — Les’ Dairy Bar plans to open for the season Friday. 

In a social media post Thursday morning, owner Debra DiGiandomenico encouraged customers to practice social distancing if they come out, since the ice cream shop will be opening amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We are implementing all of the safety measures possible!” she said in the post.

On Monday, Gov. Ned Lamont announced a mandate in conjunction with New York and New Jersey that suspended dine-in options at all restaurants and bars. Restaurants can still offer take-out, curbside pickup and delivery. 

Les’ is takeout only already. DiGiandomenico said she would like to keep the window area as free of people as possible, asking customers to approach one at a time and then step back while the order is being made.

“I am hoping this is contained in the very near future, and we can go back to being the social outlet that the Dairy is known for! But…. For now, lets do our part to ‘FLATTEN THE CURVE’!!!!” she said on Facebook. 

Opening day hours will be noon to 9 p.m. 

Last July, DiGiandomenico announced that she would not open for another season. Instead, she was looking to sell the dairy bar which she’s owned and operated for more than 30 years and finally retire. 

After several unsuccessful sales, she decided in February that she would open again after all.


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