Friday, December 07, 2007

"Delaware Chi-Chi's" might be the saddest phrase ever.

Updates on Chi-Chis in the Mid-Atlantic/Dutch Country, courtesy one DKline:

Surprisingly, with the exception of one locale as far as I know all metro Philadelphia locales were quickly turned into other things:

Exton, PA---a former Ponderosa turned Chi-Chi's quickly became a Cheeseburger in Paradise
Willow Grove, PA--became Carrabba's
Newark, DE--Cheeseburger in Paradise
Allentown, PA sure I think it was torn down for the Lehigh Valley Mall expansion I will check.
Langhorne, PA-Cheeseburger in Paradise

the only one that really sat was Media, was boarded up a good few years and the local school district even started using the parking lot as a school bus storage yard. The building has since been torn down sometime in 2007 and the site is now fenced off with a chain-link fence....the lot is still there growing quite a lot of weeds and the cement "pad" for the building is still there and visible indicating where the building once stood. I could get a shot of it if you want if it is still there..haven't been by in a few months.

"Exton, PA---a former Ponderosa turned Chi-Chi's quickly became a Cheeseburger in Paradise."

Dear God in Heaven, the humanity.


eschreit said...

My parents actually live not far from the Exton location--it was an creepy, abondoned Chi-Chis for quite a while before turning into a Cheeseburger in Paradise. I went there once, for my birthday, but I was stupid and didn't get a special sombrero.

The saddest Chi-Chi's closing in the area was definitely the Willow Grove one, as the massive sign right by the PA-611 exit of the PA Turnpike was always a comforting landmark.

Kel said...

The Lehigh Valley Chi-Chi's was torn down. Nothing has been built there yet, though.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's a downer. I haven't lived in the area since 2004, but the Media area Chi-Chis was a place I used to go for my birthday as a little kid. Sad this happened to it.

leslie said...

Ok.. just found your blog and love it... i live in media and shop at that acme.. so, i would pass by that chi-chis... i never knew it was torn down.. until right now... i'm soo NOT observant!!! i went to chi-chis for my 8th grade graduation party!!

mrfred said...

I went to Univ. of Delaware in Newark, DE back in the last 80's, and Chi-Chi's was a regular destination on weekends...

Anonymous said...

I went to the Media ChiChi's so often that I tipped the Chef Brenda $20 at Christmas. I was good friends with their Manager Doris who was there in the early 90's and again in the early 2000's. They would shift manager locations every 5 years or so.

If I go to Germany or Belgium I'm so going to ChiChi's there!!

David Blumberg

Anonymous said...

the one at parky center mall in pa was closed due to the diseses in the bever valey mall that was the nail in the coffen for the 3rd flor in pour pcm.

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