The Chapel Diner on Route 38 in Cherry Hill opened two weeks ago. In the past year alone, it had formerly been the super short-lived Saffron Indian Cuisine and Paradise Grill before that. With an unsuccessful track record in that location, we were surprised to see yet another restaurant want to make a go of it. We were curious and stopped in today for lunch.
It was obvious they put a lot of work and money into renovating the place and making it feel like a diner. It is bright and clean with dining booths and tables. One half of the dining room is called “The Man Cave” and has sports related items and memorabilia hanging on the wall. The other half is the “Hollywood Room” with framed pictures of classic movies stars and such.
Service was pleasant and efficient. The menu offers typical diner fare, but is smaller than most diners. It has your usual breakfast items, lunch offerings, and dinner entrees. They also have daily specials posted on a chalkboard outside. Food was served in an acceptable time frame. We enjoyed our sandwiches (BLT and chicken salad club) and french fries ($1.00 extra). We were encouraged to come back to try their crab cakes which is apparently their specialty. We were also told that just about everything is made with fresh ingredients. I’m pretty sure the french fries were frozen, but they were fine. Prices are fair.
When asked about business so far, they indicated that it has been good. The restaurant was not packed on our visit, but there were many tables and booths filled. There are no reviews on Yelp yet, but recommendations on their Facebook page are predominantly positive. FYI – their website is not launched yet so go to the Facebook page instead.
It’s worth a visit, so check it out. Let us know your thoughts when you do.
We wish Chapel Diner much success. We hope they will overcome the “curse” of that location.