If youâ€™re traveling to southwestern Florida, you will soon see the sign of a popular Revere Beach landmark that has served generations of roast beef sandwich connoisseurs.
Kellyâ€™s Roast Beef, the iconic restaurant that started on Revere Beach in 1951 and introduced the hot roast beef sandwich to America, will open a Kellyâ€™s restaurant in Sarasota, Florida this summer.
Kellyâ€™s Roast Beef Director Dean Murphy confirmed to the Revere Journal that Kellyâ€™s will open at the University Town Center Mall in Sarasota, the first of what is expected to be a succession of new Kellyâ€™s locations in the Sunshine State.
â€œMy daughter drove by the site the other day and there was a sign, â€˜Kellyâ€™s Is Coming,â€ said Murphy.
The news of Kellyâ€™s impending arrival in Sarasota is being greeted with much excitement. Both the Sarasota Herald Tribune newspaper and Sarasota Magazine have featured Kellyâ€™s in stories. There are many former Revere and North Shore residents who live in southern Florida and are reportedly counting down the days to when they can enjoy a delicious Kellyâ€™s roast beef sandwich, its signature fried clams, and rich and creamy clam chowder.
â€œKelly will have all its staple food items at the Sarasota location,â€ said Murphy.
Kellyâ€™s currently has locations in Revere, Medford, Saugus, and Danvers and a franchise at Logan Airportâ€™s Terminal B.
Like other food businesses, Kellyâ€™s has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which limited dining at indoor restaurants although the drive-thru windows in Saugus, Medford, and Danvers stayed open. With the pandemic finally turning the corner, a great summer of food and fun at Kellyâ€™s on Revere Beach – where the lines are long but worth the wait on beach days â€“ is in the forecast.
Dean Murphy has been a part of the Kellyâ€™s family for decades, starting at the Revere Beach location.
â€œIâ€™ve been with the company for 47 years,â€ said Murphy. â€œI was 17 years old when I started behind the counter at Kellyâ€™s. And Iâ€™m still working my high school job. Itâ€™s been a great ride.â€
Murphy said the company takes pride in Kellyâ€™s being the inventor of the hot roast beef sandwich and it being the gold standard in the industry.
â€œEven Arbyâ€™s gave us credit for having the first roast beef sandwich,â€ said Murphy. â€œThey wrote a book about their journey and acknowledged Kellyâ€™s for having the first roast beef sandwich.â€