Hang onto your Phillies hats, sports fans … and crabfries addicts!
Chickie’s and Pete’s is headed back to school.
The sports bar and crab house chain is the latest restaurant to sign on to serve the Rowan University community in Glassboro, part of a growing retail and food scene.
Calling it a game changer for sports fans, Chickie’s and Pete’s will open at 220 Rowan Blvd., the 15th restaurant in the chain. It is the fourth New Jersey location; the others are inside the Tropicana in Atlantic City, in Bordentown and in Little Egg Harbor. The chain also operates crabfries concessions down the shore.
The restaurant will share space on the first level of a six-story, 316,000-square-foot building with Tony Luke’s, Inspira and Cooper Health Systems, and South Jersey Federal Credit Union. Tony Luke’s cheese steak chain has other locations in Deptford, Sicklerville, Wildwood and Atlantic City.
The building, developed by Nexus Properties, houses more than 550 Rowan students and 50 apartment tenants.
“The addition of such a local, iconic sports bar like Chickie’s and Pete’s to Glassboro not only adds excitement and fun to the area, but also helps make our area a destination for sports fans everywhere,” said George Cossabone, Glassboro Council president, in a written statement.
“The decision to open our next location in Glassboro was an easy one,” said Pete Ciarrocchi, CEO of Chickie’s and Pete’s. “The area is thriving and there is a palpable energy here that we just knew we wanted to be a part of.”
“Chickie’s and Pete’s will be a great anchor tenant on Rowan Boulevard, appealing to residents from Glassboro and drawing in patrons from surrounding communities,” said Dante Germano, Nexus Properties COO.
The restaurant, also known for its mussels and lobster pie, is tentatively set to open this summer.
The chain was founded in 1977 by Peter and Henrietta Ciarrocchi in the Mayfair neighborhood of Philadelphia. Its crabfries concession locations can be also be found in Philly and Camden sports stadiums, concert arenas, as well as boardwalks and amusement parks throughout the area.