By Ryan Kneller
Youell’s Oyster House, which was destroyed by a fire in January, is set to rebuild at its previous Allentown location.
Owner Christian Filipos will break ground at the site of his fire-ravaged seafood restaurant at 11 a.m. Thursday. The new facility, expected to be complete in early January, will be expanded approximately 20 percent, resulting in a new 150-person seating capacity and mezzanine level for private functions.
The tradition of a rooftop apiary providing honey for signature recipes will be continued. Also, rooftop planting will assist in the recovery of rain runoff and provide herbs and vegetables for the kitchen.
The restaurant at 2249 W. Walnut St. will compliment its original core menu of seafood entrees with American bistro fare and an enhanced selection of wine and craft brews. The bar will feature a variety of oysters on display, which will be shucked to order. The staff will remain largely intact.
“The Youell’s family is very grateful for the support of patrons and advocates too numerous to mention, as well as Mayor [ Ed] Pawlowski, his staff and the great City of Allentown,” Filipos said.
Youell's Oyster House, "famous for seafood since 1905," was purchased by the Filipos family in 1984. Then located in Easton's College Hill neighborhood, the restaurant established a second (and current) location at 23rd and Walnut streets in Allentown in 1992.