Retro-raunt: Locker’s Restaurant

Our favorite web site has added 1,700 images from the collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The photos are primarily from the 1876 Centennial Exhibition but contain other historical images as well.

This 1868 photo is of Locker’s Restaurant at 8th and Vine. The restaurant obviously specialized in oysters and from the sign on the wall, proudly served Gray’s Ales. Gray’s Ales were the product of Star Brewery that was also located at 8th and Vine. According to Philadelphia and its Manufacturers (1867), “Gray’s Ales are in high repute in Philadelphia and are extensively exported to other places.”

Locker’s Restaurant, 8th and Vine [PhillyHistory]