After a four-year hiatus (and 63 years in business before that), the Bon-Ton Cafe re-opened last week.
I ate lunch at the newly resurrected Bon-Ton yesterday. I never ate at the original, so I can't speak to the menu changes, but I love that they've kept a lot of things, namely the amazing neon sign and classic stuck-in-1950 interior, the same.
The menu is a standard diner menu. It's nothing fancy – just sandwiches, salads and a daily special – but it's classic and inexpensive (there's nothing that costs more than $10 on the lunch menu).
I ordered the Bon-Ton wrap, which is grilled chicken, bacon, cheese, lettuce and honey mustard wrapped in a warm, flaky tortilla. The sandwiches come with a side of fries, chips or fruit, but I recommend subbing in a coffee mug full of tomato basil soup. It's worth an extra two dollars to have a cup of soup that's the exact right thickness, creaminess and basily-ness (which I know isn't a word, but this soup was good enough to make me want to make up words).
Right now, Bon-Ton is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Saturday. I've heard talk that they'll eventually open for dinner. I personally would love it if they were open late-night as an alternative to (or stop on the way home from) the bars.
150 Monroe Avenue,
Memphis, TN, 38103