Our History

128 years of exceptional service

Lintons’ foundation and experience in providing successful food service programs dates back to 1890 with the Lintons Food Service Company of Philadelphia. In its 128 years of operation, Lintons established 26 restaurants in convenient neighborhood locations to provide superior personalized customer service. Most Philadelphians remember Lintons as a friendly place to gather and enjoy a meal for an exceptional value.

View some of our memorable milestones below.

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Lintons continues to enhance the exceptional service ethic established in 1890 by founder Isaiah Linton.

2018
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Lintons Managed Services is rebranded as Lintons Food Service Management, along with a new logo.

2016
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Lintons Managed Services Celebrates 125 Years

Lintons celebrates 125 years and moves the corporate office to Blue Bell, PA.

2015
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Lintons Expands to Alabama

Lintons expands into the state of Alabama.

2013
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The Delaware County Meal Service Center opens, delivering 12,000 meals daily.

2010
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Lintons re-enters the education industry by managing several charter schools in the Philadelphia area.

2008
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Grocery delivery service and online ordering is implemented.

2005
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Lintons introduces its first meal service center, delivering hot meals to 17 client locations.

2003
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Chris Dunton takes ownership of Lintons Managed Services as Chief Executive Officer.

2002
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Lintons Community Works Program is established, employing clients' residents with disabilities.

2002
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Senator Arlen Specter recognizes chef, Lou Medley’s retirement after 56 years of service with Lintons.

1997
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Lintons rolls into the Motor City

1995
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Lintons Food Management Services is launched, acquiring Lintons' business accounts and restaurants close.

1981
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Lintons operates cafeterias for various business and industry accounts throughout Philadelphia.

1970
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Lintons' Brown Betty dessert with vanilla sauce is offered at 10¢

1956
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Penn electrical engineering students meet at Lintons to discuss the feasibility of modern computing.

1942
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Linton's Restaurant is given the title of Philadelphia's Best Cup of Coffee.

1942
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40 restaurants are open around Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and Camden.

1940
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The Linton’s Co-operative Employee Association was established, inspired by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s National Recovery Act.

1933
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After visiting a coffee plant in Boston, Cyrus Linton installs the first restaurant conveyor belt for faster service from kitchen to the counter seats.

1932
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A commissary and bakery was established.

1916
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108 S. 8th Street Restaurant Location

At 108 S. 8th Street, Lintons is the first air-conditioned restaurant in Pennsylvania.

1898
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Linton Opens Restaurant

Isaiah Linton opens the first restaurant on Front Street in Philadelphia.

1890