AS THE GROUND is broken across the way from the Stratford Diner for the new Rowan University School for Osteopathic Medicine, where stem cell research will be conducted, one contemplates the euphoria that this building—and its occupants—will bring to an already significantly successful establishment. Surrounded by the Lindenwold Railroad station and several large industries, Stratford Diner and Seafood Restaurant, at 19 S White Horse Pike (at Berlin Rd.), Stratford, NJ, 856-435-4300, is the property of John Triantos and Theodoros Paliatsas, who purchased the property 13 years ago and converted an old Denny’s into an ultra-modern A-frame Scandinavian structure.
Inside, more pleasant surprises await the guest as the outside doors swing into a lobby that leads both left and right into the diner proper with booths and a counter. If you continue straight in, you will come to the main dining room, with mirrors and large windows that welcome in the light. Athanassios Paliatsas, one of the partners’ sons, is also ready to welcome you, menu in hand, and lead you to the table, one of his many duties as the Stratford’s manager.
The overall capacity of the establishment is 194 seats, perhaps surpassing the capacity of the parking lot, which appears to be packed at all times. You expect excellent service and good food here, and you get it. Meals are served 24 hours a day, seven days a week, promptly and with a smile. The fare includes French and Italian cuisine and many seafood favorites, such as Seafood Santorini. On the Omelettes side of the menu you will note the Feta Cheese and Spinach Omelette. Breakfast is served all day long. There’s also a very interesting Children’s menu.
While John hails from Arta in Greece, his partner Theodoros is from Nafpaktos. New Jerseyans may remember John from his ownership of the Cherry Hill Diner prior to opening the Stratford. John has a son Theodore, a professor at the University of Buffalo, and two stepdaughters.