de Liscinskis, Lenard Samuel & Chez Lenard


de Liscinskis, Lenard Samuel, (1922- ), native of Latvia, founded in 1978 Chez Lenard (q.v.), an upscale hot dog stand on Main Street; he and father were involved in the cosmetics industry, and he produced several perfumes under name of Leonid de Liscinskis in 1940s, 50s, 60s. 

Chez Lenard: Upscale, French-style mobile hot dog stand on Main Street, established summer 1978 by Lenard de Liscinskis (q.v.); In 1981, he sold to Michael Soetbeer who, in 1997 sold to Chad and Kirsten Cohen, who sold in 2007 to Michael Principi; celebrities who’ve eaten there include Paul Newman, Martha Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Giancarlo Esposito, and Harvey Fierstein.

More Historical Nuggets

First Pride Day, 1998

FIRST ‘PRIDE’ DAY: “A Celebration of Community: Straight, Gay and Lesbian“ took place in 1998, on the Community Center lawn. Just a year later, a Rainbow Flag was flown for the first time in the nation over a state capitol, Hartford, on March 21, 1999.

Hezekiah Scott (1789-1879)

Hezekiah Scott was a weaver and operated a distillery on the brook near his home on Barlow Mountain Road — a stream now called Kiah’s Brook.


The first road paving, part of a state experiment, was done on the eastern end of Branchville Road around 1912. Catoonah Street was paved in 1922.