Like the Talking Heads once sang, “same as it ever was.” That’s a pretty apt description of what’s going on at Rick’s Steaks right now. We covered the great cheesesteak war of ‘07 — a lot (check that search box! seriously - the Rick’s/Reading Terminal Market lease battle has been paying back our college loans!) and the Inquirer came back to find out what’s been happening at the Market. It turns out… Rick’s is going nowhere for the time being:
Two months after a dispute between market management and Rick Olivieri ended with his lease not renewed and his eviction ordered, Olivieri is very much in business, and an uneasy stalemate has settled over the historical market, which has operated from 12th and Market Streets since 1892. Olivieri’s lawsuit against Reading Terminal Market Corp. and the nonprofit’s countersuit against Olivieri are slowly ripening in Common Pleas Court, with no resolution imminent. In the meantime, as the merchants there say, “Let’s go make money.” And making it they are.
Tony Luke’s, who was slated to replace Rick’s at RTM, will not enter lease talks until Rick’s and RTM settle their dispute.
[Photo via Philadelphia Inquirer]