A new restaurant is coming to Old City! Amina Restaurant & Lounge is scheduled to open at 104 Chestnut Street in the city’s Old City neighborhood on Wednesday May 18. The 70-seat restaurant, owned by Felicia Wilson and helmed by Chef/Partner Darryl Harmon, will feature a menu reflecting Southern cuisine, which also utilizes African ingredients.

Named after Wilson’s daughter, Amina will initially open offering only dinner service, with weekend brunch and lunch to follow shortly after launch. The restaurant will have a liquor license and a full bar as well, which will specialize in craft beers and cocktails made with locally distilled spirits, as well as wines from around the world.

“I love trying new restaurants, and I’ve always wanted to operate one,” said Wilson, who has a background in social work. “Owning a restaurant has always been a goal of mine, and about eight months ago I decided to begin the process of pursuing it. I think we’re bringing something to Philly that the restaurant scene doesn’t have, so that’s very exciting for us, and we hope local foodies take to it after they see what we’re all about. We tapped Darryl Harmon to be our chef/partner and I’m certain that his skills and creativity will make Amina one of the best new restaurants to open in Philadelphia in 2022.”

The dinner menu will feature starters as Deviled Eggs; Black Eyed Pea Hummus; Peri Peri Wings; Jumbo Lump Crab Hush Puppies; Pan-Seared Scallops; Clams Casino; Cheesesteak Beignets; Buttermilk Biscuits; and Jalapeno-Cheddar Cornbread; a number of soups and salads; sandwiches including Nigerian Hot Chicken; Amina Dry-Aged Burger; Every Day Friendsgiving Turkey Burger; Southern Fried Whiting Fish’ and Shrimp Po’Boy Cheesesteak; and entrees including Smothered Turkey Wings; All-Natural Fried Chicken Bucket; Soft Pretzel Dusted Fish N’ Chips; NOLA Style Gumbo; Grilled Lamb T-Bone Steak Tower; Pan-Seared Salmon; and Southern Hot Fried Cauliflower. Starters range from $8 to $16, sandwiches from $15 to $20, and entrees range from $18 to $40.

Check out some of the menu items below: