Freddy’s ready to serve

Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers is now open on Route 202 in Birmingham Township.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers is now open in Birmingham Township. The restaurant on Route 202 and Old Wilmington Pike, across from Penn Oaks Golf Club, opened its doors officially with a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier today.

Franchise owner Steve DiMarco also has the franchise for the Freddy’s in Broomall, which was the first in the area. He said the meat is always fresh and never frozen, and is 85 percent lean beef.

DiMarco added that one of the secrets to the classic Freddy’s burger flavor is that the meat is caramelized as it cooks. Also, nothing is cooked in advance, not the burgers and not the fries.

In addition to the steakburgers, which DiMarco agrees can be described as a cross between a hamburger and a Philadelphia steak sandwich, Freddy’s also offers all beef hotdogs, chili dogs, chicken breast sandwiches and a variety of sundaes along with the store’s own frozen custard that is made fresh all day long.

He said one of the advantages of getting their frozen desserts is that you can order it with the meal, but the staff will keep it cold for you so you can pick it up when ready without having to get back into line.

How DiMarco got involved with Freddy’s — which is headquartered in Wichita, Kan. — is a story unto itself. He said he took his daughter to visit the University of Kansas. They stopped at a Freddy’s during their first trip and liked the food.

Freddy's opens with a traditional ribbon cutting.

His daughter liked the food so much she asked if they could go back when he took her out the second time.

“I told her it was good because we were hungry, and said we’d eat first before going back,”’ he said.

It was during that second visit when DiMarco struck up a conversation with the assistant manager who happened to be friends with Scott Redler, one of the company founders. The two men met, talked, and DiMarco wound up opening the Freddy’s in Broomall.

(Ironically, one of their conversations was about their daughters. While DiMarco’s daughter was going to the University of Kansas, Redler’s daughter was going to the University of Pennsylvania.)

The new restaurant, which seats 100 people, is open seven days per week. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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