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Updated: Trumbull's Oldest Trumbull Center Diner, Marie's, to Close Today

Kathleen Hallahan has owned it for the last seven years.

[Editor's Note: The headline has been changed. Marie's last day is today.]

Marie's, a Trumbull Center Staple for about 50 years, will be serving its last meal.

The closing follows other local businesses in the center, including Frances' Bakery, a pet supply store and Porricelli's. Marie's was the second-oldest Trumbull Center business.

It was also a stop for visiting political candidates including Linda McMahon and U.S. Sen. Dick Blumenthal.

Owner Kathleen Hallahan said the closing of Porricelli's led to a decline in Trumbull Center traffic which hurt her business.

"We're limping along and we can't survive," she said. "We tried everything we could." Competition with bigger stores was also a problem.

"It's a very significant decline," Hallahan added, referring to her business.

The owner said she was "sad" and wasn't sure what she would do next. For now, she urged residents to swing by the restaurant before the end of the week.

"We have to regroup and move forward. We tried our best. It was a great little family place," Hallahan said.

Paul G. Littlefield March 11, 2013 at 03:58 PM
While I haven't been able to stop at Maries in recent times, it was a favorite place of mine for breakfast for many years, going back to their former location at the other end of the block where the beauty salon (I think) is now. Was a great place to catch up on Trumbull doings as well as great food and friendly staff. Will miss you all and wish you all well.
Scot Kerr March 11, 2013 at 04:21 PM
This is very sad news. The character of places like Marie's is one of the things that should make a "downtown" area thrive, so it's a shame to see them get strangled. I suspect there is more to the story than just Poricelli's closing. I can't call myself a regular, but Marie's was the only place to meet people for a bite to eat if you wanted more than a coffee or bagel. I enjoyed all my visits there, and will try to get in before the end of the week to wish them well.
Joey March 11, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Who can survive selling diner food when they have to pay insurance, electric, gas, rent, taxes and their employees. They have to purchase product and keep the prices low enough to keep and attract new customers. Its impossible. Thats why everyone is going out of business. You can blame the government and politicians and the greedy landowners. I said the same thing in the porcellis closing article. People are in denial. Its not hard to figure out. The other thing thats a problem is that parking lot. Its a wreck. It needs to be redesigned which probably wont happen because that will require the owner of the property to spend money. I would rather cook my own egg sandwich than deal with trying to park to get into Marie's. Its too bad for the owners....
Jeremy Stewart March 11, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Perhaps just a larger location (ignoring that more sqft = higher rent)? I've enjoyed my 2 visits over the past 3 years since moving into town, but the space is just too small and congested for my family of only 4. The food is pretty good, and super convenient in Trumbull Center, so I would have visited more if it were a more comfortable space. Not sure I'm in the majority on this, but nonetheless, very sorry to see anyone go out of business, especially a family-owned operation.
LENNY March 11, 2013 at 05:33 PM
COME OUT TO MILFORD WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU
Joann Chmura March 11, 2013 at 06:39 PM
If you still have the fried cinammon donut recipe from 30 years ago sell it you'll make millions its been imitated but never duplicated. They were the best!!!
Mike McCormick March 11, 2013 at 07:23 PM
After we moved up to Trumbull a year ago, we discovered Marie's. We would go every Sunday after church. They had the best homefries around! So sad to hear this news.
Louis March 11, 2013 at 07:30 PM
so very sad...both Maries during the day and their at night venue were great!
Robert Sollitto March 11, 2013 at 07:33 PM
My sons and I had spent many post-hockey weekend mornings at Maries and it will always hold a special place in our hearts. Good luck to all of you.
Baffled Resident March 11, 2013 at 08:38 PM
I would agree. Why throw in the towel before CVS opens? There's more to the story, IMHO.
George Steinfeld March 11, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Good luck to everyone at Marie's. We've enjoyed the great food and atmosphere for well over a decade. You will be strongly missed.
renay minkin March 11, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Good luck and your place will be missed for great lunches and to hear good music while having dinner.
Eric B. March 11, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Was a regular there for years. awesome place and people. The landlord there is a FOOL, a greedy fool forcing out all the businesses. Hope he is happy when the Center is completely empty, its halfway vacated already.
IZZY Ortiz March 11, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Wow.I'm 39 and I remember I was 10 years old working there Washing dishes and laying strips of bacon on the trays. Making 20 dollars a week, they were like my other family I never had. Its going to be very sad u guys are closing. I really need to make a trip over there to say my good byes one last time... izzy :-(
Diana Lisi March 11, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Maries was a family place, and it was the place where everyone knew your name! Do sad to see it go. I was just there last week. It was a weekly lunch date for my mom and I. We will miss it so much. I wish all of the wonderful staff the best of luck in the future!
bring our town back March 12, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Is it just me or does anyone else see that something is going on here? How does 8 business in the last year go out of business in the center and "owner" says he is trying to make it work down there??? Please please please....let this be the last year of the Herbst regime!!!
Rose Mary Ronnow March 12, 2013 at 02:45 AM
So very sad, Marie's was part of my husband & son's weekend routine and we will all miss the great breakfast but especially the fabulously friendly staff! Best of luck to all
Andrew Blum March 12, 2013 at 02:51 PM
So sad www.andrewblumct.com
Tom Gallo March 13, 2013 at 02:22 AM
End of an era for sure to see our breakfast place go by the wayside joining the other small businesses in Trumbull Ctr. Good to see so many memories of Marie's but unfortunate that too many did not go there in recent years or maybe their doors would still be open. Aside from the no-class act landlords forcing small businesses out to make way for chain outlets, a contributing factor was that not enough residents supported Maries in recent times and that was a shame. I'm proud to call myself a regular daily customer so I will miss them as part of my routine.
Aaron Leo (Editor) March 13, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Thanks for photo, Tom!
Laura Moreno March 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM
I've been a lifelong resident of Trumbull and would frequent Marie's from way back when they in the space where Starbucks is now. Marie's homemade cinnamon donuts were a treasure that the people of Trumbull couldn't get enough of!!! My co-workers would pay me every day to bring in two dozen for breakfast!! I would have to get to Marie's almost an hour early to make sure I could get them!! The end of an era and wonderful memories!! I will miss the friendly staff - especially Marianne!! It's a shame that Trumbull center has been a less than desirable place for our residents. It has lacked luster for many, many years. The center of a beautiful town like this should be made up of mom & pop businesses where "everyone knows your name". It should be pretty and a great place to hang out and walk around with family. I am very sad to see MacKenzie's go as well. It's my go to place for any pharmacy items I need in a hurry! My insurance didn't allow me to get prescriptions there but I would get everything else there. Something needs to be done - I wish the owners, who are lifelong residents as well - would wake up and want to make Trumbull Center what it should be!!!!!
Larry Suarez March 14, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Sad, very sad. Please open some place else soon

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