For almost fifty years, Valliant’s Diner has been serving breakfast and lunch, seven days a week, to hungry customers in the North Hills. Original owner, Peter Valliant, who emigrated from Greece in 1950, opened the diner with his wife, Helen, on his son’s 12th birthday, December 13, 1968. Initially called Valliant’s Dairy, Peter and Helen converted a small house into a restaurant and convenience store, which still remains at its original location along the busy commercial district of Babcock Boulevard.
Their son, Gerri, helped out at the diner from a young age, eventually taking over the family business in November of 1995. After undergoing a complete renovation a few months later, Valliant’s Diner opened as a bright and shiny ‘50s era diner, complete with sparkling neon lights, gleaming stainless steel, cool turquoise and yellow booths, and hot pink accents. Customers have even added to the eclectic décor by providing Valliant’s with their own cherished Marilyn Monroe posters, vintage model cars, black-and-white photos from the fifties, and assorted diner memorabilia.
Valliant’s has also had its share of fame over the years. Numerous commercials have been filmed at the diner, most notably the 2006 Disney Super Bowl commercial featuring Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The diner has also been the setting for several scenes of an MTV short film and the 3D movie My Bloody Valentine.
One of the longest-standing restaurants in the area, Valliant’s Diner has been serving customers delicious breakfasts and a variety of sandwiches, burgers, and salads, as well as homemade soups and daily specials. Pete still comes in, sharing stories and jokes to both new and old customers, and continuing the Valliant tradition that he began almost 50 years ago.