Rick Olivieri of Rick’s Steaks finally got a trial date. In June. He can stay open in the meantime… and the whole Rick’s/Reading Terminal Market/Tony Luke’s triangle of destruction will just have to wait for 8 months or so:
Facing eviction from the space at the Reading Terminal Market that his Rick’s Original Philly Steaks has occupied for 25 years, Olivieri just got an extension - through next May - courtesy of Common Pleas Court. Judge Mark Bernstein is not siding with Olivieri in his long-running dispute with management of the nonprofit Reading Terminal Market Corp. But when the judge set a firm trial date of June 2 at a case-management conference on Wednesday, he effectively preserved the status quo until then, barring a settlement.
“Absolutely, we’ll be staying here,” said Olivieri. “It’s reassuring to know that we’ve got that time.” Paul Steinke, general manager of the market, concurred in Olivieri’s interpretation. “That’s the process,” Steinke said. “And this case is considered to be expedited.”
If you’re unfamiliar with Philadelphia’s great cheesesteak crisis of 2007, just search for “Rick’s” and “cheesesteak” in that handy search window to your right. This story has taken so many twists and turns that we just want our damn provolone wit right now… and that’s all.
Cheesesteak case gets trial date - in June [Inquirer]
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