Former Phillies Player Jimmy Rollins Set to Open New Restaurant in Philadelphia


April 2, 2024

It’ll be the go-to place for folks to gather for good company and good food in the city of brotherly love.

Former Philadelphia Phillies All-Star Jimmy Rollins is partnering with veteran restaurateur Matt DeLima, to open Eleven Social, a new restaurant coming to Philadelphia this summer. The restaurant’s name pays homage to Rollins’ jersey number during his career with the Phillies. Nicknamed “J-Roll,” Rollins played shortstop for the Phillies for 14 seasons. He was named the National League Most Valuable Player in 2007 and helped the Phillies win the 2008 World Series. Though the restaurant won’t be sports-themed, there will be a few baseball references to remind diners of Rollins’ illustrious career. 

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“I reached out to Jimmy to see if he’d be interested in having a restaurant, and he said we should open one in Philly, [even though] I’ve never lived outside of California,” DeLima told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “Jimmy’s a super social guy, and he loves going out to restaurants. He always wanted to own a restaurant and also be involved with all aspects of the business.”

Eleven Social will serve American cuisine at 117 Chestnut St. in Philadelphia. The restaurant will be using in-house brewing equipment left on site by the restaurant’s previous owners to brew their own brand of beer in-house.

A head chef will be hired soon and will curate the Eleven Social menu.


Cover photo: Former Phillies Player Jimmy Rollins Set to Open New Restaurant in Philadelphia / Photo credit: Howard Smith, USA TODAY SPORTS

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