Pete Ciarrocchi, Chairman and CEO
Pete Ciarrocchi is the Chairman and CEO of Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar, an expanding chain of restaurants that has become part of the true fabric of the city of Philadelphia and an avid sports fan’s “must stop” before, during, or after the game.
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 restaurateur to operate within Veteran’s 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 locations at the Boulevard in the Northeast, on Packer Avenue in South Philadelphia, and in both Bordentown and Egg Harbor, NJ. Most recently, Pete has introduced PLAY2 interactive sports bar as an extension of the Packer Avenue store and as the cornerstone of his newest location at Parx Casino in Bensalem. The brand also has grown 3 locations at Philadelphia International Airport and a total of 22 concessions at Lincoln Financial Field, Citizens Bank Park, The Wells Fargo Center, Waterfront Park, Campbell’s Field, PPL Park, and The Liacouras Center. Chickie’s & Pete’s is rated the #1 Sports Bar on the East Coast by ESPN and Best of Philly, among numerous other awards.
Pete is also a proud owner of the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football Team ownership group. He also 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. Pete is a native of Philadelphia and resides happily with his wife Lisa and three boys Peter, Blaise, and Anthony. Learn more about Pete on Twitter and LinkedIn.