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Published on May 07, 2024
Pat's King of Steaks in Philadelphia Reopens with New Breakfast Menu and Chicken CheesesteaksSource: Google Street View

After a several-month hiatus that led to serving their loyal clientele from a makeshift food truck, Pat's King of Steaks is swinging open its doors once again on Wednesday, May 8. The iconic Philadelphia cheesesteak shop, known for its 'wit or wit-out' motto reflecting customers' penchant for onions, is stirring excitement with the advent of new breakfast offerings and chicken cheesesteaks, marking a novel chapter in its storied 94-year history.

Amid the dawn hours from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., patrons craving the comfort of eggs nestled in a bed of bacon, sausage, or steak will find solace in Pat's new breakfast sandwiches. According to NBC Philadelphia, these fresh menu staples will be served on Aversa's Bakery rolls and can accommodate the morning crowd 'wit or wit-out' onions, holding to the establishment's signature style.

Joining the daytime lineup for the first time is the chicken cheesesteak, offering a poultry alternative to the beef-heavy favorites that have dominated Pat's menu for almost a century. "Our longstanding team, many of which have been with us for over 35 years, are excited about the new kitchen, and our customers that have been coming by are looking forward to helping us welcome this new era and try the new item." Frank Olivieri, third-generation owner, said in a press release, as reported by, emphasizing the investment in their infrastructure ahead of their 100-year celebration.

As Philadelphia evolves, so does Pat's King of Steaks, yet its roots remain deeply embedded in the local culture and the fabric of the Italian Market, as echoed by Olivieri. "To be known as the place where the Philly steak sandwich, the cheesesteak, was invented, I think it gives a lot of authenticity to this neighborhood — the Italian Market, the oldest continuously running open-air market in the country — and I think it gives Philadelphia a lot of authenticity," Olivieri told CBS News Philadelphia