Jim's Steaks

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Jim's Steaks
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Restaurant information
Established1939; 82 years ago (1939)
Owner(s)Proetto family (two locations)
Previous owner(s)William Proetto
Food typeNorth American cuisine
Street address431 North 62nd Street
CityWest Philadelphia
Postal/ZIP Code19151
CountryUnited States
Other locations469 Baltimore Pike Springfield, Pennsylvania, 19064

Jim's Steaks is a Philadelphia restaurant specializing in cheesesteaks, founded in 1939 on North 62nd Street in West Philadelphia. Jim's Steaks currently has two locations, the original in West Philadelphia and another in Springfield, Pennsylvania.[1][2][3][4] Jim's Steaks owned the restaurant on South Street until 2011.


A cheesesteak from Jim's Steaks

In the 1930s, "Jim and Millie" offered sandwiches from their house in West Philadelphia. In 1939, they converted the house into what became Jim's Steaks. In 1966, William Proetto and his brother, Tom, purchased the restaurant. In 1976, Proetto and Abner Silver opened a second location on South Street.[5] In 1996, a third location was opened in Northeast Philadelphia, but was shut down in July 2017 due to health code violations.[6] A fourth location was opened in 1999 in Springfield, Pennsylvania.[4][1]

In 2011, Silver took sole ownership the South Street location after Proetto's death. The name of Jim's Steaks on South Street was later changed to Jim's South Street. Jim's Steaks currently operates two locations. The location in Springfield is open while the original West Philadelphia location is temporarily closed for renovations.


Foobooz listed the Springfield location as one of the "31 Cheesesteaks to Eat Before You Die" describing the restaurant as "black-and-white tile, polished stainless, beef steaming on the grill".[7]

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  1. ^ a b Birch, T. (2015). Discovering Vintage Philadelphia: A Guide to the City's Timeless Shops, Bars, Delis & More. Discovering Vintage. Globe Pequot Press. p. 51. ISBN 978-1-4930-1400-2. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  2. ^ R. W. Apple Jr. (28 May 2003). "A TASTE OF PHILADELPHIA; In Hoagieland, They Accept No Substitutes". New York Times. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  3. ^ "AFTER A DECADE, AN ADVENTURE IN DINING OUT; THE CHEESE STEAK: AN ORIGINAL". New York Times. 21 May 1986. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  4. ^ a b Gavin, K. (2017). Moon Philadelphia: Including Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Travel Guide. Avalon Publishing. p. pt150. ISBN 978-1-63121-413-4. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  5. ^ Gallagher, Christina. "First a death, then a 32G heist, plague Jim's Steaks". philly.com.
  6. ^ Mondon, Marielle (2017-07-07). "Cheesesteak shop in Northeast Philly closed for 20 health code violations". Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  7. ^ Sheehan, Jason (2019-11-14). "31 Cheesesteaks to Eat Before You Die". Philadelphia Magazine. Retrieved 27 July 2020.

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