Sharon Chase, a former manager at Chickie’s & Pete’s in Egg Harbor, New Jersey has filed a whistle-blower lawsuit against the sports bar chain and owner Peter Ciarrocchi Jr. Chase alleges she was fired after providing information to federal investigators about the chain’s wage practices.
This is only the latest suit filed against the sports bar chain. More than 80 current and former Chickie’s & Pete’s employees are plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuits alleging tip-skimming. And the U.S. Labor Department has been investigating wage practices at the chain.
Ex-manager at Chickie’s & Pete’s files whistle-blower suit [Philly.com]
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.
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Chickie’s and Pete’s is scrambling as the US Labor Department looks into payment violations and more than 60 former and current employees are suing the now ten-location strong chain.
Though a Chickie’s spokesman says they will “vigorously contest [the charges] in court,” the company’s recent actions, including issuing 2012 refunds on the “Pete tax” and adjusting how tipped employees are paid, must say something.
Chickie’s and Pete’s facing lawsuits, probe over employees’ pay [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Chickie’s and Pete’s [Official Site]
Remember awhile back, when Philadelphia passed the Tip Bill? According to a federal lawsuit, the airport outpost of Chickie’s & Pete’s didn’t get the memo.
According to former bartender Andrew Laplante, the Chickie & Pete’s airport location held the wait staff to a “Pete Tax” every night when checking out. Two percent of the total credit card tips “went to the bar” in cash, which at times, made up for substantial chunks of change getting skimmed off the top of the servers’ wages. Laplante claims that this tax paid for the restaurant’s credit card fees—which, according to Bill #110341, is illegal. So now there’s a federal lawsuit in the works.
Chickie’s and Pete’s owner Pete Ciarrocchi says his business ”always tried to do the right thing by our employees. We treat people fairly and with respect.”
Lawsuit claims Chickie’s and Pete’s skimmed staffers tips [Philadelphia Daily News]
As a Best of Philly challenge, Top Chef Kevin Sbraga and Philadelphia Magazine’s John Gonzalez ate their way through Citizen Bank Park’s many eateries. After eating more than two people should ever eat within nine innings, Sbraga and Gonzalez found that when the Phillies aren’t doing so hot, fans can at least chow down on some quality ballpark classics.
The food comes in a rush, a torrent of pork sandwiches and french fries, hot dogs and hoagies, a flood of questionable gastronomy that threatens to drown us. It’s impossible to decide where to begin. Sbraga reaches for the Bull’s pulled-pork sandwich. He’s the expert here, like Carlos Ruiz calling for a first-pitch fastball. Sbraga declares that the pork is “bangin’,” but adds that he wishes “there was something a little different with the roll.” Too dry. I’m too busy getting barbecue sauce all over my face and shirt to notice.
Ballpark Eats with Kevin Sbraga [Philadelphia Magazine]
On Friday, July 27th London kicks off its Olympics. Eight days earlier in South Philadelphia, we have the Pizza Olympics. From 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 19th, South Philly Review is holding its fourth annual Pizza Olympics down at Penns Landing Caterers at 1301 S. Columbus Blvd. A reasonable $10 gets you admission to the event and free samples from 15 local pizza joints.
There will be music, raffles, giveaways and DJs. You must be 18 to attend and tickets are available online or at the door (in limited quantity).
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Ahh, the cheesesteak. The most defining symbol of Philadelphia’s food scene, whether we like it or not. It’s sometimes tacky, xenophobic, touristy and lackluster, and that’s just 9th and Passyunk. But it is uniquely Philadelphia, and we do it better than anyone else.
Here are six spots making non-traditional cheesesteaks, hold the wiz.
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The 700 Level went searching for some updates on the Philly Live! project set for a spring opening on the site of the old Spectrum. And like us, they are underwhelmed. The project is being developed by the Cordish Companies who have created similar projects in Baltimore and Louisville among others. Here’s a synopsis of what we know today.
- 55,000 square foot building
- Spectrum Grill (high-end steakhouse)
- Professional Bull Riders Restaurant (Tex-Mex restaurant with a mechanical bull, link to Las Vegas version)
- German beer hall with the long tables (Baltimore’s Power Plant Live features a Leinenkugel’s Beer Garden)
- Broad Street Bullies Bar
- Chickie’s and Pete’s
- Outdoor performance area with 2,000 person capacity
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The Wayne Hotel is getting Paramour, a new restaurant which will combine a bistro lounge and a fine American dining experience. [F8b8z Jobs]
Chickie’s & Pete’s will be opening this fall in Audubon and Warrington. [Grub Street]
Joe’s Crab Shack will replace the Houlihan’s in Bala Cynwyd. [Main Line Times]
Saffron will bring Indian dining to the Huntingdon Valley. [The Insider]
Image via Wayne Hotel