Phil Card Sr., Founder of Phil’s Chicken House, Dies at 84
Phillip Card Sr., who opened the Phil's Chicken House restaurant in West Corners in 1965, has died. He was 84.
Card died at this home Monday. According to an obituary provided by his family, Card is survived by his wife, Dorothy. They would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary next month.
The original Phil's Chicken House on Route 26 remains in operation, although it currently is open only for take-out or curbside service. Catering continues to be a big part of the business.
Over the years, Phil's Chicken House also operated restaurants in Broome and Tioga counties, including sites in Binghamton, Vestal, Whitney Point and Owego.
When Card retired from the business in 2007, the Phil's Chicken House tradition was continued by his son Kevin.
Card had a passion for tractors, helping to create the Tractors of Yesteryear club and the Southern Tier Antique Tractor Club.
After his death, Card's family set up a few tractors around the West Corners restaurant in his memory.
Calling hours will be at Coleman and Daniels Funeral Home on East Main Street in Endicott on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon.
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