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The NJFPA Stradley Ronon Food Forum

This series will focus on stories about the people changing the face of the food processing in the Garden State through innovation, hard work and lending a caring hand. The NJFPA will endeavor to tell the stories that might now get attention in other mainstream channels.

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May 4, 2021

Welcome to the fourth episode of the NJFPA Stradley Ronon Food Forum. In this episode, Bill Mandia, Partner at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, speaks with Roger Falloon, Chief Operating Officer of Chickie’s & Pete’s restaurant company. Bill and Roger talk about legendary Philly institutions, saying yes to hard decisions and the past, present and future of Chickie’s & Pete’s.

Guest Bio:

Roger Falloon

Roger is the Chief Operating Officer of the iconic Chickie’s & Pete’s restaurant company, with multiple locations throughout the region (and beyond) including Philadelphia’s major sport venues. He is an experienced C-level executive who has incredible skill and understanding consumer purchase patterns in order to maximize sales and profitability in a cost effective manner. Prior to Chickie's and Pete’s, Roger held a number of positions within Rita's Italian Ice including serving as their Vice President of Operations, and he has been a major contributor to the growth and success of both brands which are staples of the NJ food community.

Listeners will hear: 

  • How local networking brought Roger to Chickie’s and Pete’s
  • The history of the Chickie’s and Pete’s brand 
  • Chickie’s and Pete’s initial response to the COVID pandemic shut down 
  • Roger’s thoughts on what they would have done differently 
  • What changes and lessons from the last year Chickie’s and Pete’s will keep 
  • Roger’s career advice to new professionals 

Download the Edited Interview Transcript