If Grubs was fixated on identifying and defining concepts, we’d surely be struggling right now between “gastro-diner” and “farm-to-formica-counter” to try to describe Conshohocken’s 401 Diner, which will open Monday (and every morning after that) at the bright and early hour of 6 a.m. The timeworn diner, which has been on Conshy’s Fayette Street for forever, closed last winter, and has been revamped from top to bottom by nearby restaurant Isabella’s owners Tom Richter, Peter Richter and their chef Michael Cappon. A rep for 401 told Grub Street that the diner will shoot for a sort of Mel’s Diner meets Chez Panisse, with greasy spoon staples made healthier and more karmically correct with local, sustainable and organic goods.
The 100 seat diner was completely overhauled. The old booths were replaced with recycled oak church pews and hand tiled tables, and the kitchen was brought into the 21st century with all new equipment. 401 will serve breakfast lunch and dinner, and offer a B.Y.O.B. option with no corkage fee.
Peep the lunch menu here, and the dinner menu here.
401 Diner, 401 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, (484) 351-8029