Remembering the Late Cheesesteak Icon at Reading Terminal Market

Rick Olivieri at Reading Terminal Market in 2008.
Image via Laurence Kesterson, Philadelphia Inquirer .
Rick Olivieri at Reading Terminal Market in 2008.

Drexel Hill’s Rick Olivieri, the grandson of cheesesteak inventor Pat Olivieri and former owner of Rick’s Steaks at Reading Terminal Market, has died, writes Michael Klein for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The 57-year-old fought a 10-year battle with early-onset frontotemporal dementia.

“He fought it for every minute,” said his wife, Debi.

Olivieri had worked for his father, Herb, a son of Pasquale “Pat’ Olivieri of Pat’s King of Steaks.

He opened Rick’s Original Philly Steaks at Reading Terminal after his father retired in 1995.

He went on to have stands at the Bellevue’s food court and the Shops at Liberty Place in Center City, as well as concessions at Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field. In late 2013, he opened a place at the Market at Liberty Place in Kennett Square.

Read more about Rick Olivieri in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Take a PCN tour of Rick’s Steaks.

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