Thursday, October 19, 2006

Pat’s to Rick’s: If we were the Kennedy’s, you’d definitely be Ted Patrick

There’s trouble in cheesesteak paradise. Pat’s King of Steaks, named after Pat Olivieri, the inventor of the cheesesteak sandwich, is suing Rick’s Steaks, an operation owned by Rick Olivieri, the grandson of Pat.
The lawsuit filed Monday by Pat's claims that Rick's has been illegally trading on Pat's name, its crown logo and trademarked phrases, including "Pat's King of Steaks Originators of the Steak Sandwich."
Rick's at Citizens Bank ParkRick’s outfit at Citizens Bank Park [at right, click to enlarge] definitely has a crown and references Pat’s.

Apparently, Pat’s got pissed after it saw Rick’s got invited to the Today show while they did not.
The suit is the latest in a long-sizzling family food feud, putting cousin against cousin.

Here's the family tree: Brothers Pat and Harry Olivieri invented the cheesesteak in 1933 at their stand at Ninth Street and Passyunk Avenue. Pat's is run by Harry's son and grandson, both named Frank, while Rick's is run by Pat's grandson.

The agita stems from 1970, when Pat Olivieri left for California, leaving other family members to run the business. Pat Olivieri died in 1974; Harry died July 20.
Well, shucks, it isn’t national news from Philadelphia if it doesn’t involve cheesesteaks.

Pat’s: Enough is enough — I’ve had it with these motherfucking steaks on this motherfucking grill [Inky]
Pat’s to Rick’s: shhh, don’t worry, we’ll settle out of court for a roast pork Italian (on us) — we’re just trying to make sure America doesn’t associate “cheesesteaks” with “Geno’s”

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