A Product of the American Dream
Pete Ciarrocchi is the Chairman and CEO of Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar, an expanding chain of restaurants group that has become part of the true fabric of the city of Philadelphia and an avid sports fan’s “must stop” before, during, or after the game.
Chickie’s & Pete’s began in 1977 as a comfortable, “men’s only”, corner taproom where Pete experimented with and perfected his winning concept. Pete’s infectious, befriending enthusiasm, love of sports, and unique menu had the neighborhoods of the Great Northeast flocking to the original Robbins Avenue location in Mayfair. With the invention of Crabfries®, the world of Chickie’s & Pete’s was never the same. The “off-the-beaten-path” stadium location was chosen as the site of the then Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid’s day-after-the-game press conferences. In 1998 Chickie’s & Pete’s became the first-ever private restaurateur to operate within Veteran’s Stadium. This atmosphere laid the foundation for Chickie’s & Pete’s to become the sports media and fan reaction hub it has become today.
Chickie’s & Pete’s has expanded greatly since, now spanning across locations such as at the Tropicana Casino, Roosevelt Blvd, South Philadelphia, Bordentown, Egg Harbor, the Philadelphia Airport, Parx Casino, Audubon, Warrington, Drexel Hill, various amusement parks, the Jersey Shore, and Allentown. The brand also has grown to a wider audience than just the Philadelphia faithful with 4 full service locations at Philadelphia International Airport and concessions locations at stadiums, arenas, and theme parks around the country such as Lincoln Financial Field, Citizens Bank Park, Wells Fargo Center, Arm and Hammer Park, PPL Park, the Liacouras Center, PNC Park, BB&T Pavilion, First Niagara Pavilion, Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Santander Arena, Sans Event Center, BB&T Center, Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Carowinds in Charlotte NC, Cedar Point, Clementon Park, Dorney Park, FirstEnergy Park, Frawley Stadium, PA Convention Center, Regency Furnitute, RiverRink—Penn’s Landing, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Talen Energy Stadium, Wildwood Boardwalk, Worlds of Fun, and XFinity Live. Chickie’s & Pete’s will be opening a new location in Glassboro, NJ in the fall of 2016.
Chickie’s & Pete’s has also recently opened a concession location at Spruce Street Harbor Park, which is a pop-up bar right on the historic Philadelphia Waterfront. It will operate from May through September where it will sell Crabfries®, cheesesteaks, and a few other Chickie’s favorite items. There will also be a featured Chickie’s & Pete’s Waterfront Crabshack location at the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. This location will operate from Memorial Day to Labor Day and feature some of the brands famous seafood dishes such as crabs, clams and shrimp.
Pete has also teamed up with Herr’s Potato Chips to bring two Philly favorites together – Chickie’s & Pete’s Famous Crabfries® seasoned potato chips. The chips hit the shelves in February, 2016.
Chickie’s & Pete’s is rated the #1 Sports Bar on the East Coast in North America by ESPN and Best of Philly, among numerous other awards. Pete Ciarrocchi is the Chairman and CEO of Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House & Sports Bar, and a proud owner of the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football League team ownership group. Ciarrocchi serves on the Aria Jefferson Health Legacy Board, Board of Trustees, as well as the 3B Orthopedic Board of Directors. He is also the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the 1492 Society and is an active member of The Polish-American String Band. Pete Ciarrocchi also participates in many philanthropic ventures.