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January 9, 2014

A taste of Philly coming to Richland

JOHNSTOWN — A new Galleria mall sandwich shop is offering some of Philly’s flavor.

Fireside Philly Steaks has opened in the mall’s food court, offering a long list of cheesesteaks and other hot subs and sides.

The Philly cheddar melt and an “extremely hot” flame-thrower steak and cheese are among the location’s specialties, said Clyde Snyder, a co-owner.

“We top it with a spicy red sauce,” he said.

The eatery offers 8-inch and foot-long subs made with cooked-to-order steak “that 90 percent of the places in Philly use,” said Ron Edwards, Fireside’s head cook.

“Its the same steak that all the premiere places in Philadelphia cook with. To me, it tastes like home,” said Edwards, a Philadelphia native.

Snyder, of DuBois, co-owns Fireside Philly Steaks with Joseph Sciremammano, also of DuBois.

It’s their first location, Snyder added, saying family ties in the area lured him to find a home at The Galleria.

Fireside Philly Steaks employs eight, Snyder said.

The sandwich shop is the latest of three eateries that have opened in the food court during the past year. The others are Alex’s Deli and Build-A-Burger.

David Hurst covers Richland Township for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at tddavidhurst.


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