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Published on April 24, 2024
Jim's South St. Cheesesteak Icon in Philly Set to Reopen May 1 with Expanded Space and New FeaturesSource: Google Street View

Get ready, cheesesteak fans. The legendary Jim's South St.—a fixture in Philly's food scene since 1976—is making a grand comeback after a devastating fire nearly burned down the late-1800s building in 2022. According to a report by, the reopening is set for May 1 at 4 p.m., unveiling a space not just repaired, but revolutionized.

As described by Jim's President, Ken Silver, the resurrection has transformed the establishment into a two-building enterprise, sprawling over the adjacent, once-iconic Eyes Gallery at 402 South Street. After the unfortunate event, the expansion now allows for 1900 square feet of additional space and seating for over 60 more patrons, as reported by KYW Newsradio. While savoring the famed sandwiches, customers can bask in the glory of preserved mosaics by Isaiah Zagar, the mind behind Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, ensuring art and cuisine continue to blend seamlessly on South Street.

It's not just about the extra elbow room. Jim's is sticking to its roots with certain long-held traditions. A point stressed by Silver, the staff welcoming back longtime customers and newcomers alike, will be the familiar faces who've served the community over the decades. Maintaining its cash-only policy, Jim's is committed to serving up its late-night offerings, staying open until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and until 1 a.m. on the remaining days, as mentioned by KYW Newsradio.

According to a report, the relaunch of Jim's will also feature a take-out window catering to the bustling South Street passersby, a nod to the fast-paced life of the historic district. "The transformation of the space is incredible to behold and will endure as one of our proudest endeavors," Silver told FOX 29, highlighting the journey from ash to ambition. The added spaciousness assures more comfort for steak lovers and promises an infusion of new vigor into the beloved eatery.

As Jim's Steak solidifies its footprint once again, our hearts can only hope that the road to recovery remains smooth and Philadelphia's cheesesteak cravings satisfied by the institution that's been flipping steak for nearly half a century. Mark your calendars for May 1, when a symbol of perseverance and flavorsome tradition flings its doors wide open yet again.