Rick didn't invent
the cheesesteak. His grandfather, Pat Olivieri
did. His family has been selling cheesesteaks in
Reading Terminal Market for the last twenty-five years.
That is Rick, to the right, slicing rib eye for the
sandwiches. Above, a whiz, with.
A good, solid cheesesteak.
future at the Reading Terminal Market is uncertain.
Even though he has been a good tenant for over
twenty-five years, through the lean and the boom years -
Even though he served as president of the Merchant's
Association for seven years - Even though he works the
place every day and serves a good cheesesteak - The
meatheads who run the market are not renewing his lease.
Nothing to do with business, just personal. The
pompous suits don't like that Rick stands up for
himself, challenges them.
Right now law suits
are going back and forth. Thousands, likely
hundreds of thousands of dollars, are being squandered
by the managers of a public trust - money that should be
spent to better the market rather than resolve a
Market is Philadelphia at its best. Reading
Terminal Market's tradition and place in the community
should be better served. Reading Terminal Market
deserves better than a board of directors that tries to
kick out a good, long term merchant of twenty-five