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 Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In?

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phlmaestro2000

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Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Thu, 07/5/07 6:57 PM (permalink)
I just noticed a report on the Philadelphia Inquirer's site that indicates that the management of the Reading Terminal Market has informed Rick Olivieri of Rick's Steaks that he must be out by the end of the month and that his space will be taken by Tony Luke's.

According to the article, Rick is looking into legal avenues to prevent this from happening; so it may not be a done deal yet.

 
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    RC51Mike

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    RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Thu, 07/5/07 7:34 PM (permalink)
    I read the ongoing saga on egullet. I prefer Tony Luke's to Rick's but I think it's pretty shabby treatment for a vendor who has been in the RTM for 25 years.
     
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      db1105

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      RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Fri, 07/6/07 11:54 AM (permalink)
      What a shame. I've never eaten there but I remember that they've have been at the RT even back when the place was a dump with leaky roof and no a/c. To bring Tony Luke in is just plain wrong.
       
      #3
        buffetbuster

        RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Fri, 07/6/07 1:18 PM (permalink)
        I am a big fan of Tony Luke's, but I certainly don't like what is happening to Rick's. There has to be a lot more to this story. I would very curious to find out more.
         
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          phlmaestro2000

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          RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Fri, 07/6/07 5:23 PM (permalink)
          quote:
          Originally posted by buffetbuster

          I am a big fan of Tony Luke's, but I certainly don't like what is happening to Rick's. There has to be a lot more to this story. I would very curious to find out more.


          The story I read indicated that both Rick and some of his fellow Terminal merchants feel he's being kicked out as payback for his aggressive advocacy for the merchants in his capacity as head of their association when it was time for contract renewal. The Terminal's management responds that it's got nothing to do with that and that they want Tony Luke because he's gained a national reputation in recent years.
           
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            GordonW

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            RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Sat, 07/7/07 10:37 AM (permalink)
             
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              RC51Mike

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              RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Sat, 07/7/07 4:43 PM (permalink)
              It could be an unfortunate precedent. What happens when Sarcone's says to RTM they'd be interested in moving in? Give Salumeria and Carmin's the boot too? Kick out Old City and replace them with Starbucks? Metropolitan- your bread is a little to crusty for the tourists, Wonder Bread is taking your place...
               
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                buffetbuster

                RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Sat, 07/28/07 10:10 PM (permalink)
                Found this article in the paper:

                http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07209/805267-100.stm

                It sure doesn't look good.
                 
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                  acer2x

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                  RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Sat, 07/28/07 10:16 PM (permalink)
                  Here's the story from the Philadelphia Inquirer reporter:

                  www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20070728_Steak_shop_gets_a_final_order_to_go.html
                   
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                    phlmaestro2000

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                    RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Wed, 08/1/07 11:17 AM (permalink)
                    This may be coming to a head today. I heard on the local news radio station this morning that Terminal management is saying that if Rick's people show up for work and open as usual, they'll still proceed with eviction proceedings. I'm going to stop by there on my way to work in a few minutes to see what's going on.
                     
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                      UncleVic

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                      RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Wed, 08/1/07 11:35 AM (permalink)
                      Be interesting to see if he bowed down or put up his dukes..
                       
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                        buffetbuster

                        RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Wed, 08/1/07 12:01 PM (permalink)
                        phlmaestro2000-
                        Thanks for the info....please let us know what happens!
                         
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                          phlmaestro2000

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                          RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Wed, 08/1/07 12:11 PM (permalink)
                          I did stop by. Rick's was still there and serving cheesesteaks to a fairly big crowd of customers. There were a few reporters and a security guard or two there as well.
                          I guess either Rick was able to get a stay from a judge or the Terminal management just doesn't want to cause a scene during business hours and will deal with it later tonight.
                           
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                            UncleVic

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                            RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Thu, 08/2/07 12:39 PM (permalink)
                            Any further developments in this saga?
                             
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                              phlmaestro2000

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                              RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Thu, 08/2/07 1:04 PM (permalink)
                              The lastest article I read on this last night indicated that management gave official notice to Rick in writing that he's no longer entitled to be there, but he isn't budging. So management is saying they're going to follow legal protocol and I assume have him evicted at some point in the near future unless he can get a judge to block it.
                               
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                                harriet1954

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                                RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Fri, 08/3/07 9:59 AM (permalink)
                                 
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                                  buffetbuster

                                  RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Fri, 08/3/07 10:19 AM (permalink)
                                  This just keeps on getting more and more interesting, doesn't it? I wonder if more people are eating at Rick's this past week as a sign of support.
                                   
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                                    db1105

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                                    RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Sat, 08/4/07 8:40 PM (permalink)
                                    Only in Philly.
                                     
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                                      phlmaestro

                                      RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Thu, 02/28/08 2:01 PM (permalink)
                                      Still no final resolution, but here is the latest update from the local press:

                                      http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20080228_Ricks_Steaks_dealt_setback_on_Reading_Terminal_dispute.html
                                       
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                                        TJ Jackson

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                                        RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Thu, 02/28/08 2:10 PM (permalink)
                                        Read the yellow text at the bottom

                                        http://www.hollyeats.com/RicksSteaks.htm
                                         
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                                            The Travelin Man

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                                            RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Tue, 06/3/08 11:27 AM (permalink)
                                            I wonder how Tony Luke's moving in will affect DiNic's, which is one of my favorite sandwiches in all of Philadelphia?
                                             
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                                              phlmaestro

                                              RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Tue, 06/3/08 2:50 PM (permalink)
                                              quote:
                                              Originally posted by The Travelin Man

                                              I wonder how Tony Luke's moving in will affect DiNic's, which is one of my favorite sandwiches in all of Philadelphia?


                                              I believe I recall reading when this controversy first popped up that the deal was for the Tony Luke's in the Terminal to only sell cheesesteaks so that they wouldn't cut into DiNic's roast pork business.
                                               
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                                                The Travelin Man

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                                                RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Tue, 06/3/08 3:53 PM (permalink)
                                                I thought I remembered that, too, but the referenced article says "In July, market officials announced that Olivieri would not get a new lease and that his spot would be offered to Tony Luke, a South Philadelphia restaurateur who has made a national reputation with his roast pork sandwiches." It would be something if the market association was trying to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. Perhaps the owner of DiNic's sided with Mr. Olivieri once too often?

                                                This is still a fascinating, and sad, story.
                                                 
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                                                  db1105

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                                                  RE: Rick's Out; Tony Luke's In? Sat, 06/14/08 11:04 PM (permalink)
                                                  Thjis is just plain wrong.
                                                   
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