Core De Roma Closes On South Street

corederomaSo as we were poking around doing other things today, one of our interns turned up this sad news: Core de Roma’s South Street location went dark last week after almost ten years in the neighborhood.

I immediately got on the phone and called owner Luigi Pinti and asked him what happened. And the first thing out of his mouth?

“South Street has changed. South Street has changed dramatically.”

And that’s true, but Pinti certainly wasn’t talking about things changing in a good way. “It’s hard to do business on South Street,” he said. “It’s hard to do business in Philadelphia.” He mentioned rising rents, parking problems, the everyday expenses of doing business. “I’ve been losing money the past couple years,” he explained, “and I wanted to stop losing money.”

Oh, and also? There was that shooting.

Pinti explained that a few months ago, there was a shooting right next door to his place.

“That scared me, you know?” And after that, he just didn’t feel like South Street was very welcoming to people any more. It took him a little while, but last week, he turned out the lights at Philly’s Core de Roma for the last time.

The good news? He already had a second Core de Roma up and running in West Chester. And thing there are going “very, very, very, very, very well,” according to Pinti.

“I feel bad for South Street,” he said, “but if I didn’t have the other restaurant? I don’t know what I would do.”

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  • Cronmoax

    I have a feeling that South Street and a rando shooting didn’t have anything to do with the restaurant’s lack of success. There are plenty of spots on South Street that are making it happen. Urban people just aren’t that into sub-par Italian. That’s what the suburbs are for.

  • paulfromphilly

    I loved Core de Roma and it was often busy with patrons. I totally believe their reason for closing.

  • Kittannie

    I live just off South St by this place. In my 6 years here, I was there once. I agree with Cronmoax…no one wants to drop that much for sub-par Italian.

  • Johnny Goodtimes

    Have you guys walked down 2nd and South lately? It is a ghost town. Probably about 80% shuttered. It has really gone from a vibrant block to completely dead in less than 10 years. Unreal.

  • Ben Franklin

    Maybe the staff smoking cigarettes in the front window while sitting at the bar drinking after work doesn’t resonate well for potential customers. The Headhouse part of south street has been gangbusters lately. Don’t blame your failures on a neighborhood if you checked out on our own business years ago Mr. Pinti. Out with the old in with the new! I’m excited to see which fresh talent will come in and put something there worth patronizing.

  • Shoshana Suzanne Schiller

    Agreed with all the other comments; South Street dining is doing just fine and safety compared to 10 years ago? Just look at the crime stats, they tell the story.

  • RVM

    Having lived a block away from Core Di Roma (moved last year) for years I totally get it. Going out on South Street between 2nd and 6th became an increasingly unpleasant experience and we started avoiding those blocks entirely. The vandalism to our street on weekends by South Street revelers was one of the reasons we decided to move (witnessing the shooting after coming home from a wedding was icing on the cake).

  • John Foy

    All due respect to my neighbor Mr. Pinti, but I have not seen him in over a year at his restaurant. The people that he turned the restaurant over to just didn’t have the same love for the restaurant business that he once did and it showed. Please don’t blame this business failure on anything else but the business itself. People in our community will love and support a well run casual Italian restaurant.