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102-Year-Old Snockey's Oyster & Crab House Is On the Market

The seafood house's third-generation owners have put the business up for grabs.

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Though it's undergone a number of moves in its long run, Snockey's Crab & Oyster House has been a Snock family business since 1912. But it might not be for much longer: The business and its building at 1020 South Second Street are listed for sale, as noted by Michael Klein for Philly.com. Interestingly, the RedFin entry for the building actually notes its initial listing in May of this year, with a price reduction listed this week.

A reprint of the original menu, according to the restaurant's website.

The current asking price is $1.35 million, and includes the restaurant as well as two apartments above.

In October, writer Danya Henninger talked to third-generation owners Skip and Ken Snock at length about the restaurant's history, the bones of which are also included on their own site. (There is no mention within of them looking to sell the business.) The family opened the original shop (as Frank's Oyster House, at least according to the signage in their photos) at 142 South Street on May 3, 1912. After six years, it relocated to Second and Fitzwater for a time, then sat near Eighth and South from 1931 until 1975, when an eminent domain claim forced the business to move once more. It's been at its current location since 1975.

The old-school seafood house is known for its inexpensive raw bar offerings, all-you-can-eat crab leg nights, and "Clammy Hours," as well as for being the kind of place where even some of its more loving reviews single out its "distinct smell" or gruff service.

Snockey's Oyster & Crab House

1020 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (215) 339-9578 Visit Website

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