Ellen Yin Reflects on Old City, Then and Now

By A.D. Amorosi, Antonia DePace, Kristin Detterline and Marni Manko | May 9, 2019 | People

Ellen Yin: Restaurateur


“I remember sitting at a little table outside Fork watching tons of people go to bars back then— now tons of people are going to all different places in Old City, like boutiques, restaurants and galleries. I was always attracted to the eclectic nature of the neighborhood—an artist community mixed with old-school Philadelphia businesses, like our old neighbors, Suit Corner. Now, there’s such a variety of independent businesses mixed with entrepreneurs and the tech industry. This is a place where entrepreneurs can get started. With the development of the waterfront, more people are walking through Old City than ever before, and it has increased foot traffic in the summer. Time flies by so quickly. I’ve been so fortunate to have had a lot of talented people pass through these doors. It’s so rewarding to see the things that have come out of what we thought was just going to be a little neighborhood restaurant.”

Photography by: Photo by Catherine Karnow