Owner Dave London tells me that he's changed the concept at his second Philly Way location, 222 W. Wells St.
I walked past it the other day and noticed new signs, so I shot London a message. He replied, " I re-tooled it and re-named it The 5ive Dollar Deli. We still have The Philly Way Cheese Steaks, but we expanded into a deli."
London opened the location as a Philly Way (his original location is on S. Second St.) about a year ago. He explained the change to me like this in an e-mail," I had some research done and found out it was mostly Subway (located two doors west). People want a "deal" in this economy. I'm 2 days into this change and we are doing great! As a matter of fact, the Subway owner came in yesterday and seemed a little upset that we were packed at lunch and he was not. He asked me how I could sell a cheese steak for $5, looked at the menu board and left with a few choice words."
I haven't been inside the new deli, but hope to get there soon. Menu items are priced right and this concept might just be the right call for today's Downtown lunch diners.
If you've been there, chime in via the talkbacks.
A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.
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