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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!

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Criss Angel Meet & 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


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.


Tony Orlando

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


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.


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.


First Customers in Allentown

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


Billy's Allentown Opens

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


Everclear at Billy's Bethlehem

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


Mayor Rudy Giuliani Visits

Mayor Rudy Giuliani Visits Billy’s Bethlehem!


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.


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"!


Downtown Wrap Ranks As A "BIlly's Favorite"

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.


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.


Billy's Bethlehem Renovations

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


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.


"Our Lingo" Is Created

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


Yanna's Omlette 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.


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.”


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.


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.