Philadelphia’s Top Restaurant – 1910

On Fridays we often step back in time and look at Philadelphia’s restaurant past. Today we look at one of the most popular restaurants in 1910 according to Rand, McNally & Co.’s handy guide to Philadelphia and environs, Soula’s Raths Kellar.

Sou fa’s Raths Kellar was the in the basement of the Betz Building, an ornate building at Broad and Chestnut that was demolished in 1926 to make way for One South Broad (The PNB Building). Check out some photographs of the building after the jump.


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  • http://www.phillydesignblog.com danya

    It’s gorgeous!! Wish it was still there… Thx for photos.

  • Terry

    It doesn’t even look much smaller than 1 South Broad. How odd.

  • http://www.paigewolf.com Paige

    The Raths Keller must have relocated because my uncles owned it in the 30s or 40s. Supposedly it was quite the swinging hot spot!

  • Megan

    This is a great find!

  • http://philabudget.ning.com Dan

    this is fascinating. thanks

  • Louis Kolb

    My Great Grandfather, Gustav A. Soulas, was the original proprietor of this restaurant.

  • Chuck Kesling

    Im trying to trace my family roots, will be visting Philly for first time in May does anyone know of a Romanian owned restaurant in the early 1900’s not sure of the last name Nebercen maybe, hitting Roadblocks on getting my Great Grandma’s name from Romania..