SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The venerable Scotchwood Diner on Route 22 in Scotch Plains reopened last week after closing for a long COVID-19 closure. Owners Aris Vlachas and Nick Zalokostas are looking ahead to seeing their customers again and took the opportunity to overhaul their website ScotchwoodDiner.com and introduce online ordering, which has come in handy with current social distancing requirements from the state.
"It took 11 hours for the developers to upload our menu. It's 450 items," said Nick Zalokostas in an interview with TAPintoSPF this week. "We have our full menu available."
Among the first to try the online ordering system was Mayor Al Smith, a longtime customer.
"The Scotchwood Diner is one of our longtime restaurants here in Scotch Plains, and I hope everyone continues to support them," Mayor Smith said: "My take out order today was Caesar salad with grilled salmon. Baklava and lemon coconut cake for dessert... Delicious!"
The diner owners opened their doors in 1971 and are planning a 50th anniversary celebration in the coming months. The menu includes breakfast, classic American dishes, and Greek specialties. The diner serves a wide range of selections, including homemade desserts.
"Thank you for supporting us. We've been here for 49 years, and that's thanks to all of you," said Nick Zalokostas.
Open 7 days a week: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.