Allens on First (Avenue) a Third-Generation Staple of Soul Food in Coatesville


Allens on First, a third-generation family restaurant on First Avenue in Coatesville, has been dishing out delicious soul food for more than four decades – and it has now added pizza to the menu, writes Timothy Walton for 6ABC.

Sisters Dionna, Scarlett, and Charrisse Allen all have full-time jobs and run the popular eatery after their work is done.

“Our grandmother used to have a store before we were born,” said Charrisse. “And then our mom took it over, and now we’re doing it.”

All the recipes they have been serving came from their grandmother and have since been tweaked over the years.

Today, Dionna is the primary chef. She likes to create her own takes on the classics, such as fried fish and chicken wings, among many others. Patrons can enjoy items from the soul menu on Fridays and Saturdays.

Pizza was added to the menu in December, with Scarlett and Charrisse taking point on mastering the recipe. This latest addition has allowed the eatery to stay open seven days a week. However, at present, Allens is open for takeout and delivery only.

Read more about Allens on First at 6ABC here.

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