From the beginning, Rolands has been built on the foundation of pride. Pride in what you do, pride in where you come from, and pride in the community you are a member of, and while times have changed, menus have been adapted and buildings have come and gone, the basic belief in a good meal at a good price with some good company has persisted through.
In the early 1940s when Roland Chelini opened his first location, The Rail Restaurant on 28th and Penn, the Strip was exactly as our friends and family members love to describe: strips of stores and produce lined the streets, supplying a work force to feed, as The Rail Restaurant opened its doors at 2am to welcome the day. With nightly specials and a warm Italian feel, truck drivers, steel workers, families and friends were always welcomed. As Richard Carrozzi says, "Roland would never turn down a hungry person." True to his Italian roots, there was always enough food to go around. While the Rail Restaurant got its start further down the strip, eventually Roland decided to move. July 1st, 1957 the original Rolands opened on 17thSt and finally, in 1959 Rolands as we know it, at 1904 Penn Ave. was established.