News Journal Article
Written by Wade Malcolm, The News Journal • Photo by Jennifer Corbett, The News Journal
Oscar Flores, a cook at Claymont Steaks for over 16 years, talks about the times that Vice President Joe Biden has come into the steak shop for sandwiches.
Several pictures hang on the wall of the Claymont Steak Shop alongside a note signed by a customer, Joe Biden.
While a U.S. senator, Biden made occasional stops at the iconic lunch spot in the heart of his old hometown to get a hoagie, sometimes wearing Bermuda shorts and a T-shirt.
One day, before he left, the future vice president went behind the counter to pose for photos with the dish washers and kitchen help. He shook their hands and slapped them on the back. He grabbed them by the shoulders and spoke directly into their faces.
Philadelphia Citypaper Article
by Carolyn Wyman Published: March 3, 2010
Two local cheesesteak shops are taking an unprecedented approach to interior design.
Demi Kollias didn’t choose (or own) the building of the original Claymont Steak business, in Claymont, Del., which she bought in 2005. So her second location, which opened in December ’09, was her first chance to execute her vision of a steak shop comparable to the cafés in her native Greece. “In Europe and in Greece especially, even the places that serve sandwiches and soup have a nice environment,” says Kollias. “I wanted to do the same thing here.”
The shop’s chic-modern feel and vibrant colors are meant to appeal to the local student population, as is the 9-foot-long picture of the U of D football team that dominates the back wall, a striking riff on the steak shop tradition of 8-by-10 photos (of celebrity visitors, or, in the case of University City’s Abner’s, neighboring college sports teams). Both DiZio and Kollias say they’ve gotten nothing but positive feedback from customers, which include women, children and white-collar businessmen they believe are drawn in by the more upscale surroundings.
But, DiZio says, “Even the construction guys comment on how nice and clean it is.”
Demi Kollias says Newark residents are willing drive 30 minutes for a good cheesesteak — but now they don’t have to.
Kollias, the owner of Claymont Steak Shop’s original location in Claymont, Del., has good news for Newark residents. The business is opening a new location in Amstel Square on the corner of Amstel Avenue and Elkton Road.
The expansion of Amstel Square signals a new beginning for businesses near West Campus on Elkton Road, and students won’t have to venture to Main Street to grab a bite to eat or rent an apartment, Kollias said.
The shop has experienced enormous success since its opening in 1966. She said she sees customers from all over Delaware, some that drive quite far to have a sandwich.
“With our new location in Newark,” Kollias said, “people won’t have to drive that far to just the one shop in Claymont.”
Kollias said the Newark shop is set to open shortly after Thanksgiving.
WDEL 1105AM News Story
If you’re a cheese steak connoisseur, you’re in luck because the Claymont Steak Shop is branching out.
Monday night, Newark City Council approved the restaurant’s application to serve beer and wine at their Amstel Square location, at the intersection of Elkton Road and Amstel Avenue.
Councilman Paul Pomeroy thinks it’s a great addition to Newark.
The police department voiced concerns about parking and crosswalks, which city departments are working on with DelDOT.
Newark’s Claymont Steak Shop will be a larger version of the restaurant complete with outside patio seating. They plan to open on September 1st.
Claymont Steak Shop Piles on the Taste
KELLY HOUSEN | spark
When I walk into a steak shop to get a cheesesteak, there’s no better sight than a giant pile of thin-sliced meat on the grill with someone wielding two giant metal spatulas, pulling meat off of the pile and chopping it into bits for a cheesesteak.