The first step in the rebirth of Youell’s Oyster House, which was completely destroyed by a fire in January, took place recently when a groundbreaking ceremony was held recently at the site of the former restaurant. Mayor Pawlowski helped to overturn the first shovelful of dirt where a new, bigger and better Youell’s will be built at corner of 23rd and Walnut streets in Allentown.
A new 150 seat restaurant, including a mezzanine level for private functions, should be completed and ready to open by January of next year.
Owner Christian Filipos told the more than 50 people in attendance that he was grateful for all the support he received from his patrons and the community after the devastating blaze. The restaurant, nestled in a West Allentown residential neighborhood just south of Hamilton Street near Cedar Beach Park, was a local landmark since relocating from Easton in 1992.
Mayor Ed Pawlowski said he was happy that Youell’s was returning to the area and looks forward to the re-opening.