In 1991, Cotton’s Place formerly known as “Family Variety & Deli” was established by the late Terry “Cotton” Scott and his wife, Gail Scott. “Family” which everyone called it, first started out as a Philadelphia style hoagie shop and slowly incorporated the Philly Steak and other local food favorites. “Family” was one of few, black owned business in the West Philadelphia area. The early years were a bit challenging at first, with so much competition from surrounding neighborhood eateries. Nevertheless, with the support of family, friends, community supporters and word of mouth, “Family Variety & Deli” became one of the well-known places to eat in the Philadelphia area.
In December of 2013, the owner Terry “Cotton” Scott, passed away suddenly from heart complications. The loss of the father and community patriarch still remains a significant loss to his family, friends, and community. In spite of Mr. Scott’s passing business continued to run smoothly, and actually started to see an upsurge in customer traffic.