Our Team

John Trapani, Owner

A native of New York, John began his career with ten years in the production side of the food industry. After moving to the Lehigh Valley in 1992, he opened the former Trapper’s Pub on Allentown’s South Side. He was soon inspired to open a “casual, yet upscale” restaurant in the area and set his sights on Allentown’s West End where he soon opened the Grille 3501. Thanks to his never-ending ambition, Grille 3501 remains at the top of the award-winning list of restaurants in the Valley.

John Pukanecz, Executive Chef/Co-Owner

J.P.’s resume boasts 20 years of outstanding culinary experience in the Lehigh Valley. Among the awards he earned while serving as executive chef at the Campagna, Glasbern and former Ballietsville Inns are the “Top Country Inn” designation presented by the James Beard Foundation, Mobil’s Four Star Award, the Best of the Best Five-Star Diamond Award and the DIRoNa Award. Our regular menu as well as daily featured selections reflect his style and our desire to present the most flavorful, inventive and satisfying cuisine in the Lehigh Valley.