Chairman and CEO, Chickie’s and Pete’s
Pete Ciarrocchi enters his sixth season as a proud member of the Philadelphia Soul ownership group.
Pete Ciarrocchi is the Chairman and CEO of Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar, the landmark Philadelphia restaurant chain recognized as the No. 1 sports bar in America. Chickie’s & Pete’s has become part of the fabric of the city of Philadelphia, and for any avid sports fan, it is a “must stop” before, during, or after the game. Ciarrocchi enters his fifth season as a proud member of the Philadelphia Soul ownership group.
Chickie’s & Pete’s began in 1977 as a comfortable, family-oriented, 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. With the invention of Crabfries®, the world of Chickie’s & Pete’s was never the same. In 1998, Chickie’s & Pete’s became the first-ever private restaurant to operate within Veterans Stadium. The team and press- friendly environs were chosen as the site of Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid’s day-after-the-game press conferences. 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, adding a 25,000 square-foot flagship location on Packer Avenue in South Philadelphia, as well as outposts in Northeast Philadelphia, Bordentown and Egg Harbor, N.J. and Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pa. In the last year, Chickie’s and Pete’s has opened locations in the Pennsylvania suburbs in Warrington, Audubon and Drexel Hill. Pete also invented PLAY2, an interactive sports bar concept as an extension to the flagship location on Packer Avenue and as the cornerstone of his state-of the-art location at Parx Casino in Bensalem. The brand also has 4 locations at Philadelphia International Airport and a total of 25 concessions at Lincoln Financial Field, Citizens Bank Park, The Wells Fargo Center, Waterfront Park, Susquehanna Bank Center, Dorney Park, Campbell’s Field, PPL Park, and The Liacouras Center.
Chickie’s & Pete’s was named the #1 Sports Bar in North America by ESPN, the # 1 local restaurant chain by Zagat and Best of Philly, among numerous other awards.
Recently, Chickie’s and Pete’s now has a location at The Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City. It allows patrons a spectacular view of the ocean, the beach and the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk.
Ciarrocchi serves on the Aria Health Foundation Board of Trustees and on the Holy Family University Business Advisory Board. He participates in many philanthropic ventures and is an active member of The Polish-American String Band.
Ciarrocchi is a native of Philadelphia and resides happily with his wife Lisa and three boys Peter, Blaise, and Anthony.