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One of the Longest-Tenured French Dip Carvers at Philippe’s Has Died

Judy Young worked at the Chinatown space for more than 25 years

Philippe the Original, Downtown
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Beloved French dip restaurant Philippe the Original lost one of its longest-tenured employees last week, as carver Judy Young died at her Atwater Village home. Her passing was confirmed by the restaurant on social media.

Young was one of the oldest and most popular carvers at the busy Downtown icon, having spent more than 26 consecutive years working her station. In a blog post update on the Philippe’s website, management likened Young to a personal “family member” and noted just how enduringly popular she was with regulars. The post adds:

Judy was well known by many Philippe’s patrons, some who would specifically get into her carver station line when visiting the restaurant.

She was a carver for her entire career, and was known by her co-workers and the Philippe’s management team for her strong work ethic.

“Judy always told us Philippe’s was her life, it kept her feeling young and happy,” said Philippe’s manager, Julia Tauscher.

Young’s family is holding services in Alhambra next week, while hundreds of adoring fans have been pouring in to the Philippe’s Facebook page to share their stories and spread condolences. Judy Young will be missed.