Rick Oliveri to Open in Kennett Square


Rick Oliveri is opening a Rick’s Steaks in Kennett Square. Oliveri has had a bumpy time of it since he was evicted from his stand in the Reading Terminal back in 2008. Oliveri does run stands at Lincoln financial Field and Citizens Bank Park but he has opened and closed Rick’s Steaks locations at the Bellevue and Liberty Place. This newest version of Rick’s will be part of the 10,000 square foot Market at Liberty Place that is opening in April.

Kennett market opens in April [Daily Local News]
Market at Liberty Place [Official Site]

Rick’s Steaks Wants to Return to the Reading Terminal Market

Rick's Philly Steaks

Dan Gross is reporting that Rick Olivieri wants to bring Rick’s Steaks back to the Reading Terminal Market. Back in 2008 Olivieri and the Reading Terminal Market had a messy public breakup with the Market not offering the steak shop a new lease. Since then Olivieri opened Rick’s Steaks in the Bellevue and later moved the stand to Liberty Place. That location closed as of December 31st.

Reading Terminal Market General Manager Paul Steinke is willing to let “bygones be bygones.” We guess Olivieri is as well and would love to be back in a location with that much foot traffic.

Cheesesteaks aren’t a pressing concern at the market though as Spataro’s, By George and Carmen’s all fly the cheesesteak banner at the Market.

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Could Rick’s Steaks return to the Reading Terminal Market [Philly Gossip]


Quick Bites

Fond has rolled out their winter menu, we’d pick out a highlight but it all sounds good. [Meal Ticket]

Rick’s Steaks which has left the Bellevue food court is going to be opening tomorrow at the food court in Liberty Place. [The Insider]

Red Zone, a sports bar is set to take over Cafe Spice in Old City. There will be 30-40 TVs and six beers on tap. [Meal Ticket]

Ed Doherty, who was most recently associated with Union Trust is now the chief operating officer of Cescaphe Event Group (Cescaphe, Cooperage, Tandenza, Atrium at the Curtis Center). [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Quick Bites: What We Missed in the Last Week

The former ¡Cuba! in Chestnut Hill will house Chip Roman’s next restaurant. Lacroix alum Jason Cichonski will be in the kitchen. [The Insider]

In Craig LaBan’s weekend review he drops the scoop that the Fork & Barrel team is looking to open a Center City gastropub this spring. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Modo Mio/Paesano’s Peter McAndrew has settled on Monsú for the name of his new Sicilian restaurant at 9th and Christian. He’s aiming to open by January 21st. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Christopher Lee, the former Striped Bass front-man is coming back to Philadelphia and is looking for a spot for his seafood concept. [Meal Ticket]

Alex Capasso’s Blackbird Dining Establishment in Collingswood is moving in with its sibling, West Side Gravy on Haddon Avenue. Blackbird won’t stay empty long though as IndeBlue, Collingswood’s tasty Indian restaurant is moving across the street  to the bigger space. [The Insider]

Rick’s Steaks is leaving the Shops at the Bellevue. Where next hasn’t been reveled.  [The Insider]

Rick’s Inspection Set For Today

The ongoing saga of Rick’s Steaks continues. The Bellevue location was set for a Monday but the inspector was sick. So the L&I inspection was put off till today. That means if all goes well Rick’s will be open for business Monday.

The official grand opening will be Thursday, June 25th and such luminaries as Al Roker and Ed Rendell are scheduled to appear.

Inside the Bellevue [Official Site]

Quick Bites

Rick’s Steaks is aiming for a June 9th soft opening in the Bellevue, the Whiz has already arrived.

In other Bellevue news, Dave Schultz and Bob Wilkie host a live Internet hockey radio show from the XIX bar at 1pm on every Tuesday.

Demetris is a handsome Mediterranean spot at 45th and Chestnut that is open for breakfast daily. [The Insider]

The permanent Stephen Starr burger stand is aiming to open on July 4th inside Franklin Square. There’s still no name. [Philly Chit Chat]

Stephen Starr’s and investor Allan Domb were spotted on a train to Washington. Could a Parc DC be far behind? [Philly Gossip]

Iron Hill Maple Shade is still on track for a July opening. If all goes well brewing could start around June 12th. [The Brew Lounge]

943 is an Italian-Argentine BYO in the Italian Market that’s several weeks out. [The Insider]

Merl’s which was had a nice review in City Paper back in April has closed. [Kitchenplay]

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