The family that owns the Sungate Diner is replicating the popular menu of the Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, landmark in Delaware.
The Bellevue Diner opens Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 703 Philadelphia Pike, north of Wilmington and less than a mile south of the historic Bellevue Hall that gives it its name.
The space once housed Jimmy’s Restaurant, and George Argiroudis later ran George’s Restaurant there.
“The Sungate is amazing,” Cookie Ohlson of the Ardens wrote on nextdoor.com. “I have never been disappointed.”
“It’s a nice little mom-and-pop place,” said Stacey Pereira, a Sungate waitress for five years, adding that it’s been owned for 19 years by Alicon Dugmeoglu and his wife Ayse. They once worked at the spot they’re now running, she said.
She said they also own the Stargate Diner and Restaurant in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, and Italiano’s Authentic Eatery in Marcus Hook.
“Sungate Diner specializes in homestyle foods, big portions and great prices,” its website says.
Pereira recommended the creamed chipped beef for breakfast ($10.99), the burgers ($8.99 to $12.99) and cheesesteaks ($10.99-$12.99) for lunch and the stuffed salmon ($25.99) for dinner. (Prices are based on the Sungate’s menu).
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“Sungate Diner hands-down is the best diner ever!!” Gina Guiliano of Penarth wrote on nextdoor. “The most compassionate professional caring helpful staff and the food is absolutely a 10 out of 10! Even going there for years and we feel like they’re family that’s how they make you feel!”
Sungate gets 4.5 to 5 stars on the most popular review sites, such as TripAdvisor and Yelp.
The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia says the Sungate opened in 1959.
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