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The Informant is our new gossip column from longtime Philly Mag reporter Victor Fiorillo. Each week, The Informant will bring you the tantalizing tidbits and sensational stories that those in the know are talking about behind the scenes. Got a tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tommy Up has always been one of Philadelphia’s most savvy and prolific social media wizards and promotional gurus, using Facebook, Twitter and the like to spread the word about gimmick burger joint P.Y.T. and his other entrepreneurial efforts gone viral. Just how savvy and prolific is he? Facebook once flew him out to company headquarters in Menlo Park, California, for a secret meeting of superusers. But for the past few weeks, his social media accounts have dried up, and folks are wondering what the heck happened to the 44-year-old Fishtown native, especially after his latest effort — a New York City outpost of his burger joint P.Y.T. — closed after just three months. Read more »
Tommy Up may be facing competition in Philadelphia with the announcement that Mark Wahlberg’s Wahlbergers is coming to the Piazza, but the PYT frontman is moving ahead with a New York location. The second PYT opens in the Bowery next week and will bring its same brand of zany creations to New York City.
According to Business Insider, the New York PYT will have just four tables inside but the same Doctor Frankenstein creations coming out of the kitchen. There will also be a secret door in what appears to be a video game that leads to SRO, a speakeasy pizzeria.
PYT Burgers [Official]
Adam Erace weighs in on the cocktails at the Yachtsman and happily reports, the tiki drinks are fun and good. But most importantly, fun.
Making cocktails has been elevated to such high art, at times they can elicit a why-so-serious backlash, but with Yachtsman’s menu of high-octane punches, sneaky frappes and colorful rum coolers, Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal have managed to weave together drinks that feel joyful as well as thoughtful. Like the Bird of Paradise, a frothy cross between a Clover Club and a Ramos gin fizz with a subtle orange blossom perfume, or the grass-green Missionary’s Downfall, a frosty, refreshing rum, peach-and-pineapple situation whose color comes from a jungle of blended-in fresh mint. The velvety Tree Frog, a Don Q banana daiquiri mix with an undercurrent of galangal, allspice and star anise, is flat-out delicious; I want to make it a part of my daily breakfast routine.
Also revealed in Erace’s review, his high school AIM username.
Review: Tropical breezes and tiki reimagined at the Yachtsman [City Paper]
From the Department of the Ridiculous:
UPDATE: As if this story couldn’t get any sillier, now Charlie Sheen has pledged $1,000 to the dissed PYT server.
Somebody please tell Philadelphia Eagles player LeSean McCoy that you are supposed to leave a 20 percent tip at a restaurant. Not 20 cents.
On Monday afternoon, McCoy and three guests visited PYT, the popular burger-and-booze spot in Philadelphia. The group racked up a tab of $61.56, and McCoy charged the bill to his Visa card, leaving a 20-cent tip. That is a .32-percent tip.
PYT owner Tommy Up says that it was absolutely the LeSean McCoy who left the 20-cent tip as opposed to just some random LeSean McCoy leaving a 20-cent tip.
But not everyone on PYT’s Facebook page is being exactly sympathetic to the server or the restaurant.
When I interviewed Tommy Up recently for the back page of Philadelphia magazine’s April edition, he told me that his Fishtown tiki bar The Yachtsman would open around April 15th. Well last week came and went without any sign of The Yachtsman, and now we know why: the project has run out of money. Read more »