Award-winning diner celebrates its 25th year

Owners Jerry and Carol Stephanitsis (left) will be kicking off the Pelham Bay Diner’s 25th Anniversary Celebration at the end of the month, with cake and menu specials for their loyal customers.

Residents of the Bronx will have a special treat as the Pelham Bay Diner celebrates its 25th anniversary.

For approximately two years the diner has been undergoing a cosmetic facelift to preserve the comfortable, modern atmosphere its diners have always enjoyed.

“We did renovations in 1990, 1997, and our most recent was just completed,” said owner Jerry Stephanitsis. “We changed the look inside and out to keep up with the times.”

The E. Gun Hill Road restaurant has been servicing customers since 1982, being awarded ‘Diner of the Year’ in 1995, 1996, 2002, and 2004, and hopes to take home the honor once again this year.

“This diner has become a landmark for the Bronx. I think every resident knows this diner, and we have very loyal customers,” said Stephanitsis. “It’s a great location because people can get here in about ten minutes from anywhere, there is easy access from all the major highways.”

The family-run restaurant is 10,000 square feet, seats 500, and features two catering rooms that can accommodate up to 140 people for almost any occasion.

For the celebration, the diner will pick a special day at the end of March to cut an anniversary cake, offering a delicious treat to customers. This offer will continue for several months, so no guest will miss out. Lunch and dinner specials will also be apart of the celebration.

“After 25 years here this is our life,” said Carol, wife of the owner, who assists in running the location and selecting the new designs.

The Pelham Bay Diner is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week everyday of the year, with delivery service available during certain hours. For more information visit

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