The Philly Advantage

Posted: September 06, 1988

There was one particularly heartening note in last week's story about the four young men who purchased a classic '50s diner at a used-diner lot in Middlesex, N.J., and had it trucked to its new home in University City. They had originally intended to move it to New York City, but discovered that the costs of land and of operating a business there were too high.

So they came to Philadelphia. Not because it's the cheapest place around, but because it has a lot of what they were looking for in New York - including the kind of clientele who would groove on egg creams and Buddy Holly - without the drawbacks.

"Philly has a good cosmopolitan feeling without the expense of New York," said Paul Devitt, one of the owners. The Chamber of Commerce couldn't come up with a better slogan.

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