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History

History

Billy’s History

Every business has a story to tell, and in the case of Billy’s Downtown Diner, our story is built upon a passion for food, culture and community. To see where we started and where we are now, begin our journey below!

 

 

2000

Not Your Ordinary Beginning

Not Your Ordinary Beginning

Billy and Yanna Kounoupis purchased Rudy’s Newsstand at 10 E. Broad St. in Bethlehem, on September 29th, 2000. They wanted to create something as unique and dynamic as the communities they were in. With a creative eye for delicious food and a lot of hard work, Billy’s Downtown Diner was born.

2001

The Billy’s Downtown Diner Moravian Star

As the iconic symbol of Bethlehem, PA, the Moravian Star is widely recognized by many. Being first established in Bethlehem, Billy’s adopts the star as part of their branding.

2003

Billy’s Goes Smoke Free!

Billy’s is the first Diner to go smoke free 5 years before the ban and Billy gets licensed and trademarked as “Not your ordinary diner.”

2003

Yanna’s Omelette Becomes a Healthy Staple!

Yanna’s Omelette Becomes a Healthy Staple!

Named after Billy’s wife and cofounder, Yanna Kounoupis, this healthy choice omelette is made of three eggs, fresh spinach, Spanish onions, diced plum tomatoes and
imported Greek feta cheese.

2004

"Our Lingo" is Created!

From "Billyfy" to "OPA", Billy’s Downtown Diner develops a system of lingo to make ordering easier for their customers.

2005

Berry Krunch is created!

Berry Krunch is created!

Three slices of French bread dipped in our own egg mixture topped with crunchy granola, fresh strawberries and dried cranberries, drizzled with our homemade brown sugar glaze. Crowned with whipped cream and dusted with powdered sugar.

2006

Billy’s Bethlehem Renovations

Billy’s Bethlehem Renovations

Billy’s Bethlehem goes through renovations in July, 2006.

2006

Not Your Ordinary Cookbook

Not Your Ordinary Cookbook

“Not Your Ordinary Cookbook” is launched book signing at Moravian bookstore and Barnes and Noble. From breakfast, to lunch, Billy indulges you with the how-tos of his delicious dishes.

2006

Downtown Wrap Ranks as a "Billy’s Favorite"!

Downtown Wrap Ranks as a

Now labeled with a small Moravian star on the menu, the Downtown Wrap, consisting of a flour tortilla, thinly sliced crispy chicken, cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, buttermilk ranch dressing, and Louisiana hot sauce, earns its ranking among customer favorites.

2007

Named "Best Breakfast" in the Valley!

For the third year in a row, Billy’s Downtown Diner was awarded by Lehigh Valley Magazine "Best of the Valley - Best Breakfast 2007"!

2010

Who is Billy Kounoupis?

2010

Billy’s Downtown Diner Promo Video

2011

Billy’s Website Wins an Addy Award!

Billy’s Website Wins an Addy Award!

Our friends over at Peer Pressure Creative built us an amazing award winning website! The website went on to win multiple awards including the CSS Design Awards “Website of the Day."

2011

Billy Cooks Like a Mother

Billy Cooks Like a Mother

Billy writes his second book, “Billy Cooks Like a Mother.” A guide to starting your own business by someone who’s been there and done that… Renowned restaurateur Billy Kounoupis gives you the special scoop on how to whip up your own successful enterprise no matter what business you choose to go into.

2012

Billy Cooks Like a Mother Video

2012

Mayor Rudy Giuliani Visits

Mayor Rudy Giuliani Visits

Mayor Rudy Giuliani Visits Billy’s Bethlehem!

2012

Everclear at Billy’s Bethlehem!

Everclear at Billy’s Bethlehem!

Everclear joined us for lunch before their sold out concert at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on June 14th 2012.

2013

Billy's Allentown Opens

Billy's Allentown Opens

November 22nd, 2013 started another chapter for Billy’s Downtown Diner by opening our second location serving downtown Allentown.

2013

First Customers in Allentown

First Customers in Allentown

This lucky group of beautiful people were among the first to eat at our newly opened Allentown location.

2014

Billy's Bethlehem closed for renovations

Billy's Bethlehem closed for renovations

Billy’s Bethlehem is forced to close for a year due to structural problems. So we decided to take that opportunity and remodel Billy’s Bethlehem.

2014

Bethlehem Grand Re-opening!

Bethlehem Grand Re-opening!

Gran re-opening August 2014 with Mayors Ed Pawlowski Allentown, Mayor Sal Panto of Easton, and Mayor Bob Donchez Bethlehem with Butch Patrick (aka Eddie Munster) and JD of Mindfreak.

2014

Tony Orlando

Tony Orlando

Billy’s Allentown welcomes Tony Orlando and Family with a live holiday performance.

2015

John Vesely of Second Hand Serenade at Billy’s Bethlehem

John Vesely of Second Hand Serenade at Billy’s Bethlehem

John Vesely of Second Hand Serenade joins us for lunch at Billy’s Bethlehem after recording and signs our wall.

2015

Criss Angel Meet and Greet

Criss Angel Meet and Greet

On Monday, January 19th, 2015 over 1000 people joined us for a Lehigh Valley First! Lunch with the Mindfreak, Criss Angel at Billy’s Downtown Diner in Bethlehem, PA. Criss performed his Sold Out Shows at The State Theatre in Easton, PA.

2015

Billy's Downtown Diner

2015

Behind the scenes fun with Billy

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