Jimmy G's: A steak shop on North Broad

Jimmy G's Steaks at Broad Street and Ridge Avenue.

Jimmy G's Steaks, which opened last fall in the shadow of the Divine Lorraine Hotel at Broad and Ridge, did not necessarily grow out of a love of food.

Father and son Glen and Nick Strafella, in the check-cashing business, bought the building to thwart a possible competitor.

Then friend Jimmy Markasis got on board and they fixed up the ramshackle building and went into the sandwich biz.

The stand (695 N. Broad St., 215-763-2495), which has covered seating, is open very late, especially on weekends and builds its sandwiches on Liscio rolls.