The summer of 1984, Ron’s Ribs came to life in undoubtedly the perfect location for a downhome rib joint -- the renowned “South Street.” The area was known for the nightlife, eateries and shopping. No visit to Philadelphia was complete without a visit to South Street, and most importantly, the epicurean fantasy known as Ron’s Ribs. In 2001, Washington opened another location near the campus of Temple University, but due to heart failure and his declining health, Ron’s Ribs slowly lost its steam. In 2002, Ron Washington passed away and Ron’s Ribs closed. Two years later, his youngest brother Kevin, re-opened the restaurant. Kevin he hoped to continue the Ron Rib’s legacy and pave the way for Ron’s two young sons to carry on their father’s business. Under Kevin’s management, Ron’s Ribs flourished. From numerous awards, to appearances on national television, to articles in Black Entertainment magazine, it seemed like Ron’s legacy would live on. However, in December 2008, the South Street Bridge closed. This drastically reduced traffic to the area. Sadly, the business was forced to close in 2010 due to the decrease in sales directly linked to the bridge closure.
Currently Ron’s Ribs is closed, but the once thriving hub of African-American business is again on the rise to relive the glory days. The area has been rebirthed as a premier neighborhood. Above all, the demand for Ron’s Ribs still remains. There have been numerous inquiries about the re-opening of Ron’s Ribs. Philadelphians and Tourists alike miss the legendary Ron’s Ribs on South Street. Due to the recent phenomenon of urban renewal, it is evident the area will continue to grow and flourish. Ron’s Ribs has the opportunity to re-emerge with great results. Not only would the reestablishment cater to the demand of consumers, but the business will create new jobs for the community. The return of a 30-year old business would receive a great deal of press recognition. Ron’s Ribs is sure to make an incredible comeback with the help of investors.