Philadelphia, PA - Unfortunately, Nick's Roast Beef on Cottman Avenue has closed its doors for good. After serving Northeast Philadelphia and its surrounding communities for more than 50 years, a beloved local restaurant is finally closing its doors for good. On Sunday, March 5th the establishment will make its last bow.
Owner Matt Rossi made the decision to close due to a lease agreement that wasn't in his favor. He noted that rent had gone up nearly double what it was before.
However, it's not all bad news for fans of Nick's. While their Cottman Avenue location is closing down, they still have a second location on Woodhaven Road that will remain open for business.
Customers say they have been coming to the sports bar and restaurant for generations, reliving old memories as former employees say goodbye. Owner Matthew Rossi explained Sunday night that he had to make this decision due to "recent changes in the local market."
Nick's Roast Beef, located across from Northeast Regional Library at 2210 Cottman Ave for decades, has been a cornerstone of the neighborhood. Its roots can be traced back to Nicholas DeSipio's 1938 beef-and-alley house that opened its doors.