Legendary Manhattan Saloon P.J. Clarke’s to Expand Around the Country

By Mariel Clark on January 11, 2010 2:05pm | Updated on January 11, 2010 2:47pm

The owners of the Manhattan saloon chain P.J. Clarke's want to expand to other cities around the country.
The owners of the Manhattan saloon chain P.J. Clarke's want to expand to other cities around the country.
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MANHATTAN — The famous New York restaurant chain P.J. Clarke’s has cooked up a plan to expand its beloved menu of burgers and oysters around the country, Crain’s New York Business reported.

P.J. Clarke’s owners, real estate tycoons Arnold Penner and Stephen Siegel and restaurateur Philip Scotti, want to expand to Las Vegas and Washington D.C. this summer, Crain’s reported.

The company currently has four Manhattan locations, including its 130-year-old flagship restaurant, located on Third Avenue, near 55th Street and outposts at the World Financial Center and Lincoln Square.

The owners also plan to open a hamburger stand in New York and recently acquired a farm north of the city, Crain’s reported. The farm will help defray some of the $1.6 million the company spends on produce each year.

“We think that we can grow up to $500,000 worth of produce,” Scotti told Crain’s. “What we'll have is great product that we are doing out of pride.”

The owners are also considering setting up in Boston and several other cities but said 10 cities would be the limit.

“We have no desire to be the Hard Rock Café,” Scotti told Crain’s.

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