On May 3, 1912 ( 3 weeks after the sinking of the Titanic ) Frank & Rose Snock opened the 1st Snockey's at 142 South St. in Philadelphia. Rose Snock was pregnant at the time as fate would have it, she gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Jean, on the 2nd floor of their newly opened oyster house. Within days Rose was in the kitchen making oyster stews and fried oysters. In 1918, the restaurant moved to 761 S. 2nd St. in the Queen Village section of the city. Rose raised a family of 4 at that location until they purchased an old Ice Cream parlor just off of South St at 523 S. 8th St. in 1931. This would be there home for the next 44 years. Sons Ed & Bob ran the restaurant, under the watchful eye of Rose, from the mid-forties until their retirements in 1996. Ed worked until the age of 82 while Bob retired at 76. Due to illness, Rose finally hung up her apron in 1991 after 79 years in the kitchen. She lived to be 95 years old.
In 1975 the restaurant was forced to move (due to progress on South Street !!!) to it's present location at 1020 South 2nd Street. 95 years have come and gone and Snockey's steadfastly maintains it's roots as a "Classic Oyster House". Now run by Ed's sons, Skip and Ken, tradition is as much a part of the menu as is "Mrs Snockey's Oyster Stew"! As the oldest continually operating Seafood Restaurant in Philadelphia the menu now has been expanded to include all the riches of the seas. Scallops, Jumbo Crabs, Mussells, Lobsters, 6 fresh fish daily, and beautiful Crab cakes are featured everyday.
From the Raw Bar comes the freshest oysters and plumpest clams that can be found. The oyster selection typically features 6 varieties while both raw and steamed Littleneck, Top Neck, Cherrystones are always available. "All you can eat" Crab nights, are every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays are extremely popular. With 95 years in business.