Our History and Growth
Established in 2014, Chiddy’s CheeseSteaks has grown from our food truck roots to a local storefront-based, fast-casual nosh spot. We launched our second truck operation in 2017 and soon after opened locations in 2018 in Farmingdale and the 4th unit in Commack, NY.
Soon after the three partners came together, they began looking for their first location. Not knowing “what they didn’t know” about the food industry and what it took to build a storefront location, in the process, they learned quickly. Of course, they hit a few bumps along the way, and they know they’ll save franchise owners from making the same mistakes and taking longer than necessary to open! Staying true to the simplicity of the food truck concept, they decided the future development would be brick and mortar restaurants. They also know that the restaurant business is constantly changing. They try to stay ahead and forward-thinking in everything they do. Their motto is "fail to prepare, prepare to fail"... in their opinion, failure is not an option!
Knowing that franchising was part of the long-term plan, the work began in 2020 in the middle of the Coronavirus crisis.
It was a balancing act worth the effort, they continued to grow and adapt as the market changed, solidifying online ordering. The brand saw growth in spite of the impact of Covid-19 on the restaurant industry.
As people turned to their local favorites and Chiddy’s CheeseSteaks to feed their families – albeit from take-out, delivery, and curbside pickups – they were hearing more and more from aspiring entrepreneurs all across the country. People were deciding to leave their “day jobs” in cities and corporations were finally ready to pursue their passion to own their own restaurant. In 2021, the founders at Chiddy’s CheeseSteaks were there to welcome them to the team.
Also, in 2021, our first franchisee, Joe Archipolo bought our Commack, NY location to become part of the ownership team! In 2021, we opened another affiliate, founder-owned restaurant in West Islip, NY. As of summer 2021, Chiddy’s CheeseSteaks had 5 operating units in New York state and was excited to grow with new franchise owners.
Meet Our Founders
Meet our founders! They are friendly, knowledgeable, and ready to help new owners follow their own American Dream to find their next adventure with Chiddy’s Cheesesteaks.