Diner closes after one month due to ownership issues

WINSTED — Due to an ownership dispute, Lee’s All American Family Diner has closed, one month after it opened.
Town Manager Robert Geiger announced the diner’s closing during the Board of Selectmen’s regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 21.
The diner was co-owned by William Fluitt and his partner, Rafael Castro, and was located at 108 Main Street.
“It’s closed already due to a dispute over a partnership,” Geiger said. “We are trying to assist them in reopening.”
In an interview with The Winsted Phoenix, Fluitt made several accusations and claims against Castro.
Fluitt claims that numerous actions by Castro led to the closing.
“He paid for half of what it took to get the diner open, but he was never there after that,” Fluitt said. “When he showed up, he became belligerent to employees and customers. I tried to not let it fail. However, the more I did, the more he tried to destroy it.”
Fluitt claims that Castro kicked him off of the signed lease and, in turn, has locked him out of the building.
“If I can get access to [the building], I will open it up the next day,” Fluitt said. “I went through a period where I was depressed and grieving. But as of today, I stand on my feet and I want to move forward.”
The Winsted Phoenix is trying to find contact information for Castro to hear his side of the story but has not been able to locate him.