Chickie’s & Pete’s Heads to… Missouri?!?!


It seems like Chickie’s & Pete’s owner and Crabfries progenitor Pete Ciarrocchi has been opening new outposts of his popular sports bar at a ridiculous rate.

There are now eight full-service standalone restaurants, four Philadelphia International Airport locations, a 13,000-square-foot spot in Parx casino, and several seasonal Chickie’s at the Jersey Shore and Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. And you can, of course, get the fries at pretty much every large sporting and concert venue in Pennsylvania and South Jersey. They’re even in Pittsburgh.

And Pete shows no signs of slowing down, even with that whole TipGate thing dogging him. In addition to a huge operation soon to open at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, Pete is heading west and taking his Crabfries to Kansas City, Missouri.

This year, a Chickie’s & Pete’s pavilion will debut at Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun, an amusement park operated by the company that owns Dorney Park. The Kansas City location will offer Crabfries, traditional and lobster cheesesteaks, and cheesesteak nachos. Pete is also in talks with the Kansas City Chiefs about a Chickie’s & Pete’s in Arrowhead Stadium. Just the kind of food that the bulging midwest needs.

Further Reading: “Do Not Touch Pete Ciarrocchi’s Hair”

PHOTO: Gene Smirnov

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  • Philly Ray

    When he Andy Reid got fired, he lost his best customer. He has to open in KC now.

  • Loaf

    Can no restaurant in the country use the term “Crab Fries” without having to hire a lawyer now?

  • Mario B

    I really don’t see that stealing tips is such a big deal

  • pj

    This tool gets rich by stealing from and not paying his employees properly and schlepping third rate product to people with nowhere else to go and and we get an article about his company expanding? Not only does Pete serve glorified fast food and sue small businesses he also treats his employees unethically and flaunts the law. In return you write an article about his success. Anyone who cares about how an establishment treats it’s staff wouldn’t spend a cent at C&P let alone write an article complimenting the place.