BRIGANTINE — The long-vacant shore home of Maria Pandolfi, sister of Pat Olivieri of cheesesteak fame, and the former owner of the now-closed Pat’s King of Steaks on Atlantic Avenue in Atlantic City, is being demolished this week.
Work on the Lagoon Boulevard house started Tuesday and will be finished by Friday, said Gary Clarke, a foreman for Delphi Contracting. Brigantine ordered the house torn down and solicited bidders for the job in early March.
A neighbor watching the demolition from a partition in the middle of the street said he feels “great” that the house is being torn down, adding it has been vacant for seven years.
“There were animals living underneath the house,” he said. “We trapped … four raccoons, two opossums and a feral cat.”
Records from the Atlantic County Clerk’s Office show multiple tax liens north of $300,000 on the home going back to the 1990s. The lot was purchased in May 1973 for $45,000. Christiana Trust bank took possession of the property in July 2017.
Frank Olivieri Jr., owner of Pat’s flagship location in South Philadelphia, said his family spent summers in Brigantine since 1972.
“I left Brigantine four years ago when I got divorced,” he said. “I not only divorced myself from my family, I divorced myself from Brigantine.”
Olivieri said he will close the sale of a lot he owns around the corner, along Beach Cove, on Thursday.
He said his aunt, Pandolfi, has been trying to sell the Lagoon Boulevard home for 20 years.
“It’s a piece of history going away,” Olivieri said, laughing. “Whatever.”