The Lucky Well University City Restaurant Readies To Educate in Southern Hospitality

Searching for some of the best Memphis-style ribs, brisket, smoked wings and side dishes north of the Mason Dixon line? Look no further than The Lucky Well’s newest location in University City. The Lucky Well joins the Shop Penn retail community as it takes over the former Baby Blues BBQ location at 3432 Sansom Street, announced Penn’s Division of Facilities & Real Estate Services. Chef/Owner Chad Rosenthal expands upon the massive success of his first two locations, and plans to bring the fire and flavor to University City.

The Lucky Well has been serving up BBQ favorites and seasonal comfort food since 2013 with the opening of their first restaurant in Ambler, followed by the Spring Arts Philadelphia location in 2018.  Aside from the mouthwatering BBQ staples like dry-rubbed pork ribs and beef brisket, menu offerings also include a signature fried chicken sandwich, popular sides like cornbread and mac-n-cheese, and a full-service bar with a whisky wall, craft-brewed beers, and scratch-made classic cocktails. At this University City space, Chad has also teamed up with Chef Steven Seibel to add a line of regional-focused BBQ grandma (pizza) pies. 

“I am so excited to open the newest form of our great BBQ concept, with some new bells and whistles on the bustling campus of Penn in University City,” says Chad.  “This location makes so much sense for our business!  We will be focused on making sure to keep our offerings in line with college students and hospital workers alike, who populate so much of the area.” 

Rosenthal, a self-taught chef who has been in the kitchen since age five, found his calling in the world of barbecue, having won a series of competitions and events over the last 18 years. A successful restaurateur, he has opened several BBQ, comfort food and Vietnamese restaurants in the Philadelphia area. Chad was cast on Season 9 of Food Network Star and returned as a fan favorite in Season 10. He’s constantly on the hunt for new flavors and inspirations and loves to combine “live fire” cooking with true American BBQ, which he calls “Plating With Fire.” To Rosenthal, great food and service just isn’t good enough anymore and he’s now on a mission to deliver culinary experiences. He is, at his core, an experimental chef who cooks through his soul, his experiences, and his taste buds.

“We’re looking forward to The Lucky Well restaurant bringing some added southern comfort and smoky flavor to the vibrant Sansom Row and the already diverse culinary scene in the Shop Penn District,” said Ed Datz, Penn’s Executive Director of Real Estate.   

For the past few months, the University City restaurant location was only serving through delivery and takeout but is now fully opened with a newly renovated dining room and bar, welcoming guests in for an education in southern hospitality.  Watch for restaurant highlights and menu item updates by following @theluckywell on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and by visiting

MSC Retail represented the University of Pennsylvania in the transaction.

About SHOP PENN Retail District

Penn’s retail district offers an inspired, contemporary shopping and dining experience, open to all. Spanning ten city blocks from 30th to 40th Streets and across Spruce, Walnut, and Chestnut Streets, the district features more than 75 curated shopping and dining outlets immersed in the region’s most beautiful and historic university campus. The diverse collection of retail offerings—including national brands and independent shops—provides the highest quality