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Ever since the late 1800s, hungry Philadelphians and tourists have trekked to Old Original Bookbinders Restaurant. The restaurant, located dockside on the Delaware River, grew originally out of the life of the seaport itself when Samuel Bookbinder opened his restaurant for business. All of the ingredients were close at hand. The river teemed with shad, schooners docked at the port with their cargo of spices, and the Chesapeake Bay offered its bounty of oysters, crabs, and clams. Fresh produce arrived daily from the fields and dairies surrounding Philadelphia. The thriving little restaurant was passed to the Bookbinder children and stayed in the family until the depression era when it was acquired by John Taxin. Today John Taxins daughter and grandson carry on the tradition of fine food and service, and earning the distinction as one of Americas oldest continuous seafood restaurants. The section of Old Philadelphia surrounding Bookbinders Restaurant has charming cobblestone streets and restored colonial brick houses. Visitors and celebrities touring the city regularly stop at Old Original Bookbinders to enjoy its legendary seafood. When you dine at the restaurant there is a chance you will be served at a table once taken by Diamond Jim Brady, Babe Ruth, Tennessee Williams, Teddy Roosevelt, Al Jolson, Elizabeth Taylor or Frank Sinatra. The restaurant is rich with history. The cobblestones at the Raw Bar are the original cobblestones from Walnut Street, worn down by the feet of the Continental and British armies. The ships wheel at the entrance was salvaged from a molasses schooner that met its fate on the high seas at the turn of the century. Sarahs bell is now silent, but not absent. It remains standing inside the entranceway as a tribute to the uninterrupted tradition of great dining. In the early 1970s Old Original Bookbinders created a foods division, selling traditional restaurant favorites packaged as convenient take home products in specialty and grocery stores nationwide. The foods division offers a full line of seafood soups, condiments, and sauces bearing the familiar yellow and blue Old Original Bookbinders label. Silver Spring Foods, Inc., acquired the Bookbinders Foods Division in 1999 and is proud to carry on the Bookbinders tradition of quality.