Nifty Fifty’s Burgers, Shakes and Diner Breakfasts Are Headed Back to South Philly

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There are currently three outposts of the ’50s-style diner Nifty Fifty’s in the Philly area: Northeast Philly, Folsom, and Turnersville, N.J. South Philly used to have one — it was a triangular space at that wonky intersection at 10th and Reed streets near the Acme on East Passyunk Avenue, where the Mexican market, El Paisano, now stands — but it closed in the early 2000s.

The mini-chain has seen some other problems over the years: A location in Bensalem was destroyed in a fire in 2013, and later that year five co-owners were sentenced to federal prison[2] after pleading guilty to a $2.2 million tax evasion conspiracy[3].

On Tuesday morning, however, partner Leo McGlynn — one of the co-owners convicted in the tax case — took to none other than Fox & Friends to announce their return to South Philly with a new location opening at the corner of 10th Street and Oregon Avenue:

A Nifty Fifty’s rep tells me that they plan to open in six months, “probably sooner than that.” It will be the local chain’s first franchise location[5], owned by Matt Devine.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.phillymag.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/03/48409360_10156215217413925_8922452338740822016_o.jpg
  2. federal prison: https://www.phillymag.com/news/2013/11/19/nifty-fiftys-prison-owner-robert-mattei/
  3. a $2.2 million tax evasion conspiracy: https://www.phillymag.com/news/2012/05/16/nifty-fifty-owners-charged-15-million-tax-evasion-conspiracy/
  4. foxnews.com: https://www.foxnews.com
  5. first franchise location: https://www.facebook.com/NiftyFiftys50/photos/a.10150201044453794/10156816871953794/

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