Jim’s Steaks to reopen original West Philly location this weekend

The cheesesteak shop, rebranded as Jim’s West, will be open until 1 a.m. on weekdays
Jim's Steaks on South Street
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) Jim’s Steaks says it is ready to reopen its South Street storefront in October after a devastating fire closed the location last summer.

But it is not the only Jim’s making a comeback. The original Jim’s Steaks that opened in West Philly in 1939 will reopen this weekend as Jim’s West, Philadelphia Magazine reported.

William Proetto and his brother bought the shop at 431 N. 62nd St. from the original owners back in 1966. They opened several locations around Philly, but the West location has been closed since 2019, Philly Mag further reported.

Cortez Johnson bought the building earlier this year from the Proetto family and is rebranding the spot as Jim’s West. Johnson is planning a soft opening this weekend, with a grand opening set for the following week.

“We’ve got the old cooks,” Johnson told Philly Mag. “And we are going to preserve the legacy of the original Jim’s Steaks as well as create a new one.”

Johnson expects the spot to be open until 1 a.m. on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends. The menu will also include hoagies and burgers, he told Philly Mag.


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