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GAHSP announces 6th Annual Photo Tour: “Greek Diners and Restaurants – The Start of the American Dream”

August 15, 2019 in Events

Greek Diners and Restaurants

Mention the word diner, and most people immediately think of Greeks. What was it that turned simple folk that arrived in America from the villages, towns, and cities of Greece into some of the most successful diner owners in the country, not to mention some of the best cooks?

From the earliest years of the 20th Century to the present, Greeks have been associated with the diner/restaurant business, which not only is the central spot for the American community but the foundation of the Greek-American communities they are in. They are places where people meet their neighbors and have a good meal. For many customers, the Greek-owned diner/restaurant is a place where they remember going as a child and now bring their grandchildren. It is a unique institution, not only throughout the United States but in the Delaware Valley where the diner is the part of the epicenter of the diner/restaurant business of the greater New York and New Jersey area where it all began.

The Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia is proud to honor and present the history of Greek-owned diners/restaurants. The families that operated them, the famous diner/restaurant names, the food, the atmosphere, their importance to the community in general, and the photographs that captured it all for more than a century.

2020 Photo Tour
“Greek Diners and Restaurants – The Start of the American Dream”

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
The University of The Arts – Solmssen Court and Hamilton Hall
320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA


Submission of photographs that may be exhibited at the Photo Tour may be submitted through Please contact us also if you own artifacts, and other diner & restaurant memorabilia.

  1. How to scan your photos
    We need high-resolution scans. Use 300 dpi. TIFFs or JPEGs are the best.
    Please, no GIF images and no PDFs. Cell phone photos are fine. Please send us the biggest file your email allows.
  2. How to name your photos
    Please put your name on the file and a number if you are sending more than one.
  3. Tell us about each photo
    Please give us the following information (download the submission form or fill out a sheet, scan it or photograph it and send it along with the picture).- Title (Name of person, group or activity)
    – Names or importance of people in the photo
    – Reason for submission
    – Date of the picture (to the best of your knowledge)
    – Location of photo
    – Submitted by (your name and phone number)
    – Has the photo ever been published? If so, where?
    – Do you have the rights to this photo?
    – Do you give GAHSP the rights to publish your photo and to put it in our archives?
    Please read the release below.
  4. How to send your photos
    Please email your photos as an attachment.
    If your file is larger than 10 MB or your email program can’t send it, use WeTransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive, or any service allows you to include a link to your files in your email.

By submitting your photo, you warrant you are the owner of the photo, you waive all rights to compensation, and you hereby grant GAHSP permission to use, display, or publish the submitted photo in any and all of GAHSP’s publications, promotions, and campaigns, including public and private exhibits, magazines, websites, Facebook or any other similar social network, or broadcast, and any other print or other media outlet, and to publish or distribute this photo for purposes of publicizing the GAHSP’s programs, exhibits, or for any other lawful purpose, without payment or any other consideration.

List of Diners & Restaurants

Below is the current list of all diners & restaurants throughout the Delaware Valley for the past 120 years that GAHSP has been able to locate and confirm. If you see a diner or restaurant that is not listed, or, it is listed but missing information or incorrect information, please email us immediately at so that we may include or correct the same. If you wish to download this list as a PDF file, please click here.

Adelphia RestaurantJohn, Pete, Bill Balis1750 Clements Bridge Rd, Deptford, NJ1987-PresentOperating
Aquarius RestaurantJohn & Mary Kontaxis6928 Market St, Upper Darby, PAOperating
Aramingo DinerGeorge Grigos Family3356 Aramingo Ave, Philadelphia, PA1957-2014Closed
Arrow RestaurantJohn SolomonMarket Street, Upper Darby, PAClosed
Athletic LuncheonetteCostos Bollos
Black Horse Diner152 N. Black Horse Pk, Mt. Ephraim, NJ
Blue Comet DinerKaralis Family106 E. Baltimore Pk, Lansdowne, PAClosedNow Empire Diner
Broad Street DinerPetrigiannis Family1135 S. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA2011-PresentOperating
Broadway DinerKoulioutas FamilyCamden, NJPre-WWIIClosed
Brooklawn Diner297 Crescent Blvd., Brooklawn, NJOperatingSouth Grove Diner
Cherry Hill Diner2341 Route 38, Cherry Hill, NJ1995-PresentWindsor Diner
Cherry Hill DinerJohn AthanasiosRoute 70 West, Cherry Hill, NJ1960-1971Closed
Chasnick’s DinerCharlie Sacalis, Nick SacalisPennsauken, NJ1967Closed
Cinnaminson Diner1202 Route 130 N, Cinnaminson, NJGolden Eagle Diner
Clover DinerPentakisRoute 206, Vincentown, NJ1959-?Closed
Club DinerGeorge Giambanis, Bob Pantelous20 N Black Horse Pike, Bellmawr, NJ1964-PresentOperating
Colonial Diner924 N Broad St, Woodbury, NJOperatingWoodbury
Cooper Street Bistro RestaurantTheodore & Dimitrios GentchosCooper Street, Camden, NJ1939-1958Closed
Cooper Street DinerGregory GrammaticosCooper Street, Camden, NJ
Cosmos Diner-RestaurantJohn & Elena Alexopoulos316 S Maryland Ave, Wilmington, DE1981-PresentOperating
Country Club DinerKokolis Family705 Haddonefield-Berlin Rd, Voorhees, NJClosed
Country Squire DinerCostalis Family2560 West Chester Pike, Broomall, PA
Crystal Lake Diner572 W. Cuthbert Blvd., Westmont, NJ
Delrando DinerNick Pappas, Nick Mantzas7001 Route 130, Delran, NJ1959-1967The Riven
Diamond DinerDiamandis FamilyRoute 70, Cherry Hill, NJ1967-2008ClosedRoute 70 Diner
Diamond DinerKostas Diamandis1390 Route 38, Hainesport, NJ
Dionysos Restaurant2nd Street, Philadelphia, PAClosed
Dynasty DinerNick Pappas, Nick Mantzas7001 Route 130, Delran, NJ1980-2010ClosedThe Riven, Delrando Diner
Eagle Diner808 Blackwood-Clementon Rd, Pine Hill, NJ
Effie’sEffie and Loula Bouikidis1127 Pine St, Philadelphia, PAOperating
Elgin DinerJerry and George VallianosCamden, NJ1959
Estia Taverna RestaurantPaskalis Family140 W. Route 70, Marlton, NJOperating
Estia RestaurantPaskalis Family1405-07 Locust St, Philadelphia, PAOperating
Estia Taverna RestaurantPaskalis Family222 N. Radnor Chester Rd, Radnor, PAOperating
Federal DinerG. KalogirisCamden, NJ1930-1950Closed
Fisher’s Tudor HouseSteve Pavlis1858 Street Rd, Bensalem, PAOperating
Freeway DinerNick & Anna Diamantis, Jim Diamantis1215 Hurffville Rd, Deptford, NJ1978-2015Closed
Fruit Basket & RestaurantGeorge Burlotos and Mr. HoulisFederal Street, Camden, NJ1958-1975Closed
Forum RestaurantTerry/George Kousoulis, Peter RhodesRoute 70, Cherry Hil, NJ1958-1985Closed
Garrett RestaurantHarry Solomon Family, John Doucas FamilyGarrett Road, Upper Darby, PA1960-1998Closed
Gateway DinerEmanuel Vasiliades, Chris Tzavidis, George (?)2215 MacDade Boulevard, Holmes, PAOperating
Golden Eagle DinerSotirios (?)Route 130, Cinnaminson, NJThe Harvest Diner
Greenbrier InnGus ChigounisRoute 70, Cherry Hill, NJClosed
Hathaways DinerKyrtatas Family10 Route 130 N, Cinnaminson, NJOperating
Hattington RestaurantHarry Solomon Family6227 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PAClosed
Harrison HouseGus/George Benas, Constantine/Mike Benas98 N. Main St, Mullica Hill, NJOperating
Harvest DinerSavva FamilyRoute 130, Cinnaminson, NJ
Havertown GrillNick Haselidis2409 W. Darby Rd, Havertown, PAOperating
Hollywood DinerFoti and George Balis940 Mantua Pike, Woodbury Heights, NJ1985-PresentOperating
Jersey DinerCinnaminson, NJ
John’s LuncheonetteJohn Vlassopoulos3rd and Cherry Sts, Philadelphia, PA1975-1980Closed
Kaminski’s Sports Bar RestaurantBill Balis1424 Brace Rd, Cherry Hill, NJOperating
Kent Manor InnJimmie Boines
Kettle and Grill230 N Maple Ave, Marlton, NJOperating
Kozy Korner RestaurantWilmington, DelawareClosed
Lansdowne DinerPete ArsenlisLansdowne Ave, Lansdowne, PAClosed
Legacy Diner136 S White Horse Pike, Audubon, NJOperatingWebers Colonial Diner
Litonia DinerGus and Charlie ChigounisCamden, NJ1939Closed
Little Pete’sPete KoutroubasPennsylvania Ave, Philadelphia, PA1978-2017Closed
Llanerch DinerAlex Mastoris95 E Township Line Rd, Upper Darby, PAOperating
Macedon DinerJerry KarapalidesFrankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA1977-1983ClosedSatellite Diner
Maple Shade DinerGeorge TsatsaronisRoute 73, Maple Shade, NJ1932-1984Closed
Maple Hill LuncheonetteCostos BollosMerchantville, NJ1950sClosed
Maritsa’s Main Street CaféKaliamouris Family106 E. Main St, Maplde Shade, NJ1999-PresentOperating
Marlane DinerEmanuel Vasiliades7260 Marshall Rd, Upper Darby, PAClosed
Marlane Diner (New)Efstathios Vasiliadis7260 Marshall Rd, Upper Darby, PAClosedMarlane Diner
Mastoris DinerMastoris Family144 US-130, Bordentown, NJ1927-PresentOperating
M&R DinerFrankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA1983-1986ClosedMacedon Diner
Minella’s Diner320 Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PAOpen
Metro Diner130 Crescent Blvd., Brooklawn, NJ2009-2018ClosedPonzios
Michaels Family Restaurant3340 Street Rd, Bensalem, PA1992-PresentOperating
Midtown II RestaurantGus Hionis122 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA1974-2016Closed
Midtown III RestaurantGus Hionis28 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PAOperating
Mythos414 Bank St, Cape May, NJ2006-PresentOperating
Nassau RestaurantChigounis/Lacas/Valianos FamiliesRoute 70, Pennsauken, NJ1955-1968Closed
New Acropolis Restaurant1200 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PAClosed
Oaklyn DinerOaklyn, NJClosed
Olga’s DinerDavid Stavros1600 Federal St, Camden, NJ1938-1966Closed
Olga’s DinerOlga Stavros, (?) Stavros100 W. Route 70, Marlton, NJ1960-2009Closed
Olympia Restaurant739 South Delsea Drive, Vineland, NJOperating
Olympic DinerTheodore Gentchos, Dimitrios GentchosCamden, NJClosed
Olympic Diner2 E. Black Horse Pk, Pleasantville, NJ
Olympic Diner142 E. Baltimore Ave, Clifton Heights, PAOperating
Oregon Diner302 W. Oregon Ave, Philadelphia, PAOperating
Palas DinerPalas Family100 Route 70 N, Berlin, NJ
Pappas RestaurantPappas Family4400 Chichester Ave, Upper Chichester, PAOperating
P.B.’s DinerGreg Petsas, Gus BenasGlassboro, NJ1954-PresentP & B Diner
Pegasus I RestaurantMike, Nick, Louie Isihos445 Delsea Dr. Malaga, NJ1985-PresentOperating
Pegasus II RestaurantMike, Nick, Louie, Erik, Fotis Isihos251 S. Lincoln Ave, Vineland, NJ1993-PresentOperating
Penn Queen DinerKatsikas/Kontorousis/Lavdas Families7349 N. Crescent Blvd, Pennsauken, NJ1980-PresentOperating
Pennys Family Restaurant206 S. Springfield Rd, Clifton Heights, PAOperating
People’s RestaurantEngelos Stefanou and Anthony LazosFederal Street, Camden, NJ1959-1970Closed
Phily DinerVasilis and Pete Balis31 S Black Horse Pike, Runnemede, NJ1990-PresentOperating
Ponzios BrooklawnMike Fisfis, Nick Fisfis130 Crescent Blvd., Brooklawn, NJ1958-2009ClosedMetro Diner
Ponzios DinerFisfis Family7 Route 70, Cherry Hill, NJ1964-presentOperating
Presidential DinerLouie KlekosVineland, NJ1970-1985Closed
Prince DinerPeter AneroussisBurlington, NJ
Onassis RestaurantTom Konidaris17th & Samson Sts, Philadelphia, PAClosed
The Riven Diner7001 Route 130, Delran, NJClosed
Rialto RestaurantAntonios Anastasakis/George Morakis Families9th St & Morton Ave, Chester, PA1890s-1960sClosed
Riverwinds RestaurantHelene, Foti and George Balis1075 Riverwinds Dr, West Deptford, NJ2010Operating
Route 66 RestaurantDino and Ria (Mitoulis) Pierelli2700 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJOperating
Sage DinerRoustas Family1170 Route 70, Marlton, NJ1992-PresentOperating
Salem Oak DinerChristine Zervas113 W Broadway, Salem, NJ1955-PresentOperating
South Grove DinerJerry Karapalides, Mike Potkidis, Louie Klekos297 Crescent Blvd., Brooklawn, NJ1964-1973Closed
South Street SouvlakiTom Vasiliades509 South St, Philadelphia, PA1977-PresentOperating
Surfside DinerJohn FamilyLavender & Ocean Sts, Wildwood, NJ1963-2002Closed
Surfside West DinerJohn FamilyCresse & NJ Ave, Wildwood, NJ1963-PresentOperatingCrestwood Diner
Sweet Water RestaurantKyrtatas Family10 Route 130 N, Cinnaminson, NJOperating
Tiffany Diner9010 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia, PAOperating
Town and Country DinerMichale Mavrogiannis177 US-130, Bordentown, NJ
Trolly Stop DinerMichael Vasiliades11 West State St, Media, PAClosed
USA CaféPeter PahidesMarket Street, Marcus Hook, PAClosed
Vegas DinerGeorge K.1307 New Jersey Ave, Wildwood, NJ1979-PresentOperating
Victory Bar and GrillAndy and Loukia Likogiannis795 Route 73, Berlin, NJOperating
Vincentown DinerMelliseratos2357 Rt. 206, Southampton, NJ1970-PresentOperating
Wedgewood InnTed Peetros23rd and Market Sts, Philadelphia, PA1933-2000Closed
Westmont DinerChristos and Joann (?)317 Haddon Ave, Westmont, NJOperating
Whitman DinerGeorge Poulianas, Jeanie Poulianas4990 NJ-42, Blackwood, NJOperating
Williams RestaurantBill Williams FamilyUpper Darby, PAClosed
Windsor DinerAlex Mastoris, George Mastoris, Nick Mamas2341 Route 38, Cherry Hill, NJClosedNow Cherry Hill Diner
Woodbury Diner924 N Broad St, Woodbury, NJClosedColonial Diner
Woodstown DinerEngelo Stefanou, Tony Lazos16 E Avenue, Woodstown, NJOperating
Zesty’sTom and Shelley Konidaris4382 Main St, Philadelphia, PA1993-PresentOperating
Zorba’s TavernaKosta Kravvaritis, Nikos, Maria, Stavros, Yiannis2230 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA1997-PresentOperating

Become a Member

Membership is included in your ticket price.

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship can deliver increased awareness, brand building and propensity to purchase in your target market. It’s a low-cost way to create visibility and traffic for your organization.

As a sponsor of GAHSP’s 2020 Photo Tour Event, your organization not only supports our efforts to inspire future Greek-American generations to continue documenting, promoting and preserving our Hellenic heritage, it will offer you the opportunity to reach out to a variety of individuals with your message.

Contact Nick Yiantsos for more information on sponsorships at (609) 670-2749

More info about sponsorship opportunities

Become a Donor

If you would like to donate in honor of the exceptional person in your life, especially the person whose photos you have shared with us, for $50 we will include your name in the Program Booklet prepared for the evening.

Donor packages for supporters of the event and the organization are available at all levels, beginning at $100.

Contact Nick Yiantsos for more information on donations at (609) 670-2749

Sponsorship Opportunities

(Customized opportunities available)

$5000 – Diamond / Presenting Sponsor (Exclusive – One available)

$2500 – Emerald

$1000 – Sapphire

$500 – Ruby

$100 – Pearl

Contact Nick Yiantsos for more information on sponsorships at (609) 670-2749

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