No Dutch Festival this year

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If you were planning on heading over to Reading Terminal Market next weekend to check out the Dutch Festival, you are going to have to change your plans. The Amish merchants at the Market have decided to cancel the festival this year in protest to the ousting of Rick’s Steaks (if you haven’t been following the news, Rick’s didn’t get a lease renewal this year, and while it looked for a while like they’d be able to stay, word from the Market board is that they are out and Tony Luke’s is in).

I’m saddened by this, as I’ve always look forward to the Dutch Festival. I especially liked it when they’d block off parts of the street and offer horse-drawn wagon rides around the Market. I guess there’s always next year.

Rick’s Steaks owner sues over ouster from market
[Inquirer]

2 Comments so far

  1. Joe S (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 7:10 pm

    Marissa, so whats the beef. What is the inside story of switching Cheesteak providers?
    Tony Luke’s does not compare with Jim’s or any number of other local Steak Sandwich purveyors.

    I smell a payoff as opposed to an improvement of the Terminal’s offerings. What’s up? Could Termini’s be replaced by Isgro’s, Ippolito brought in as a replacement for one of the three existing seafood stands?

    Good for the other merchants for standing up. They must know they could be next.


  2. Paul (unregistered) on August 1st, 2007 @ 11:41 am

    Rick’s was great!
    Whenever I was in Philadelphia, CC, I would try to get a steak- much more convienent than schlepping down to Jim’s on South, or the Geno’s/Pat’s triangle (for the record-Pat’s, because of the cornmeal-crusted rolls).

    My last visit, in April, ironically for a convention/conference- I made sure all my peoples from Portland had their Rick’s Steak sandwich.



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