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Wit or Witout Promises Nationwide Cheesesteaks

wit-or-witout-400Philadelphia’s Wit or Witout Cheesesteaks is promising to expand nationwide. The two-unit brand is opening soon in Hamilton, New Jersey with immediate plans to franchise the brand in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and New York.

Wit or Witout was recently purchased by Tony Altamore, owner of seven Tony Roni’s Italian restaurants. he has since brought on Jim Sahene, former TCBY president and current Bruster’s Real Ice Cream chief executive to help Altamore franchise the brand.

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Wit Or Witout Under New Ownership, Brings Meat to Cheesesteak


Northeast Philadelphia cheesesteak shops, Wit Or Witout are now under new ownership. Tony Altomare who own’s the Tony Roni’s family of pizza shops picked up the cheesesteak shops in March. Last week, Altomare offered to send down some cheesesteaks for the Philadelphia magazine staff to check out. And since that seemed like a much better idea than going out into the heat, we happily accepted. I was also intrigued to try the cheesesteak as my first and only cheesesteak at Wit Or Witout came back in October of 2011, where eight very thin and sad slices of beef spread across a roll. The epitome of a bread sandwich.

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Quick Bites

Meal Ticket has some details on the type of food that will be offered at Hoof+Fin, the casual BYOB aiming to take over the former Gayle spot on South 3rd. [Meal Ticket]

Thoreau will be a vegetarian restaurant opening February 2nd at 1033 Spring Garden Street. The couple, Mike and Lisa Jackson also own Blue Sage in Bucks County. [Meal Ticket & Restaurant Club]

A.D. Amorosi has smidge more on Stephen Starr and Bart Blatstein flirting, the concept would be “more casual than formal. ” [City Paper]

Keith Taylor is out at Holy Smoke in Roxborough but will resurface in Bellmawr come March. [The Insider]

The new Wit or Witout at 9970 Roosevelt Boulevard is offering $3 cheesesteaks in January, $4 steaks in February and $5 steaks in March. [Meal Ticket]

1st & Fresh Catering is partnering with Marc Vetri to offer sandwiches from Osteria. Get Vetri’s take on roasted pork, sliced brisket and eggplant Parmesan delivered to your next event. [1st & Fresh Catering]

More Vietnamese for 11th and Washington. The latest will be Le Viet, the specialty is to be crab noodle soup. [The Insider]

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