Charleys Philly Steaks

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Charleys Cheesesteaks
  • Charley's Steakery (1986–2002)
  • Charley's Grilled Subs (2002–2012)
GenreFast casual
Founded1986; 36 years ago (1986)
FoundersCharley Shin
United States
Number of locations
600 (2017[1])
Area served
Key people
Charley Shin (CEO)
Debbie Allison (Vice President)
ProductsCheesesteaks, wings, french fries, soft drinks
RevenueUS$534 million (2021)
OwnerGosh Enterprises
Number of employees
3,000 (2021)

Charleys Philly Steaks is an American restaurant chain of Philly cheesesteak stores headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.[2] Formerly known as Charley's Steakery and Charley's Grilled Subs, the franchise was established in 1986 on the campus of Ohio State University. By 2017 there were 600 locations in 45 states and in 19 countries. Charleys is expected to have doubled in size in 2021.[3][1]


While studying real estate at Ohio State University, Charley Shin worked in his mother's Japanese/Korean restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.[1] A wrong turn on a family trip to New York City resulted in Charley's discovery of the Philly cheesesteak. Charley convinced his mother to take a break, sell the restaurant, and invest her life savings of $48,000 in “Charley’s,” a 450-square-foot (42 m2) restaurant across the street from Ohio State's campus. Charley's first decision in the restaurant was to turn the grill around to face the customers, so they could always see their food being cooked, a move that would later become the trademark of the Charley's Philly Steaks chain.[4]

Gosh Enterprises[edit]

Charleys Philly Steaks is a subsidiary of Gosh Enterprises, which is solely owned by Shin.[5] Gosh also owns the Bibibop Asian Grill chain,[5] which had purchased the leases for the defunct ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen chain.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c Chung, Grace (December 18, 2017). "How A Korean Immigrant Amassed A Food Empire By Serving An American Favorite". Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  2. ^ "[1] Archived 2011-05-24 at the Wayback Machine." Charleys Philly Steaks. Retrieved on May 28, 2010.
  3. ^ "Charleys Philly Cheese Steaks Franchise Named a "Thriving Brand"". Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  4. ^ Slawsky, Richard (August 27, 2007). "Charley's Grilled Subs". Fast Casual. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Ghose, Dave (January 23, 2018). "Who's Next: Charley Shin, founder and CEO of Bibibop Asian Grill". Columbus Monthly.
  6. ^ Coser, Crystal (May 9, 2017). "Bibibop Asian Grill Takes Over All Shuttered ShopHouse Locations: Including four in Los Angeles". Eater LA.
  7. ^ Anderson, Caroline (March 20, 2017). "Bibibop Asian Grill Moving into Los Angeles ShopHouse Locations". Los Angeles Business Journal.
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