Tony Luke’s Opening in Allentown


Tony Luke’s, which has locations from Baltimore to Bahrain is heading to the Lehigh Valley. The storefront will open at 806 W. Hamilton Street in Allentown before the end of September. The new location is a franchise owned and operated by Praveen Vig who operates restaurants at Trump Taj Mahal and Trump Plaza casinos. Vig was looking for a location in South Jersey when the Allentown opportunity presented itself. The location is one block from the PPL Center, Allentown’s new indoor arena, which will be home to the Philadelphia Flyers farm team.

Tony Luke’s to open Allentown location in Sept. [Morning Call]

Alan Richman Ranks His Ten Favorite Cheesesteaks


Alan Richman, GQ Food editor and Philadelphia native has ranked his ten favorite Philadelphia cheesesteaks. In a single day, Richman and his crew of cheesesteak eaters managed to try 23-steaks and ranked the top-ten steak sandwiches in order.

There are plenty of zingers and a top-ten list that will be sure to be criticized. Unfortunately we don’t know which places he went to that didn’t make the list.

Here’s the top-ten list and some of our favorite zingers »

Tony Luke’s Is In Expansion Mode


We are fascinated by the locations page on Tony Luke’s web site. Of course there is the original Tony Luke’s at 39 E Oregon Avenue. But there are now locations in three different casinos and one in the Kingdom of Bahrain, with another one coming. And then there is an outpost in the Scores gentlemen’s club in Baltimore. So maybe it isn’t surprising that Tony Luke’s is opening today at the Laurel Lanes bowling alley in Maple Shade.

The doors officially opened at 11 a.m., at 4 p.m. the ceremonial cheesesteak cutting will take place with Analyze This actor Leo Rossi. Rossi is in town working with Tony Luke Jr. in his newest project, Mummer movie, Queens for a Day.

Next up for Tony Luke, a Temple University location at 1801 N Broad is scheduled to open on August 18th.

Tony Luke’s [Official Site]

Tony Luke Is Shopping a Gay Movie and Sweet Freedom Is Writing a Cookbook

tony_luke1A look around the other Philadelphia magazine blogs finds a bunch of posts that caught our attention, most notably, Tony Luke is looking to make a comedy movie about Mummer’s culture through the eyes of a gay man and his drag queen boyfriend.



Suburban Cheesesteak Alert: Tony Luke’s Opening Today At KOP


It happened about two hours ago, but the new Tony Luke’s at King of Prussia Mall is now open for business (on the first floor, in the food court). And Tony Luke Jr. himself was there to cut the ribbon or scoop the whiz or whatever one does when one is in charge of christening a new cheesesteak joint.

According to the Tony Luke’s website, this newest incarnation of the South Philly original is the 14th Tony Luke’s to open (including one location in Bahrain), and there are three more coming–in Maple Shade, at the Tropicana and at the airport.

Tony Luke’s [Official]

Quick Bites: Four Bells for Twitter, More Fuel, Less Haru & a Twisted Tail

Philadelphia Inquirer critic Craig LaBan is now on Twitter. [@CraigLaBan]

Scott Swiderski is out of the Serafina project three weeks before it was to open. Michael Klein says Swiderski has something else in the works. [The Insider]

A third location of Fuel is in the works. This one at 1650 Arch Street will be more of a snag and go spot. Owner Rocco Cima tells Meal Ticket he’s also working on franchising with eight already sold. [Meal Ticket]

Haru has closed in Old City after six years. What we’ll remember most is Craig LaBan’s zero bell bashing of the Old City spot. [The Insider]

In news we’re not sure we comprehend, Tony Luke’s is opening ten concession stands in Puerto Rico. [Grub Street]

Twisted Tail, a bourbon and blues spot in the old Kildare’s at Headhouse Square is progressing. They’re aiming for a mid-June opening. [The Insider]

Quick Bites

Han Chiang has opened the Old City outpost of his Han Dynasty dynasty. It is the third of his locations and promises no dumbed down items on his menu. [Meal Ticket]

Zavino still isn’t open for business as snags have been hit. Last night we noticed a wooden frame for handicap accessible ramp was being constructed along the side. How long does it take for concrete to set in this weather?

Brinn Sinnott is in as the new chef at Noble: American Cookery, look for potential menu items rolling out as specials over the next few weeks. [Meal Ticket]

Want Tony Luke to come to your house to teach the art of cheesesteaks? Then head to charitybuzz and bid. It’s up to $750 right now. Proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

15/18 Bar & Grill is the tentative name for a new spot at 1518 Sansom Street. [The Insider]

J&J Trestle Inn has closed before we checked it off our bucket list. But wait, maybe it’s coming back. [Icepack, City Paper]

Quick Bites

Are you ready to step into the Octo? Rock Lobster which was closed all last season is coming back as Octo, complete with an octopus tank. [The Insider]

Novita Bistro on South Street has a new menu, focusing more on Moroccan dishes than their previous Mediterranean menu. [Meal Ticket]

A quiet buzz is building for Bibou near the Italian Market. Former Le Bec-Fin Executive Chef Pierre Calmels is behind the project and the menu looks promising. [The Insider]

Talula’s Table has signed a temporary lease on a corner property directly across from America’s most difficult reservation. If they get the financing, Aimee Olexy and Bryan Sikora imagine being up and running within 6 months. [Meal Ticket]

Transit hasn’t been an everyday spot for awhile now but word is it is no more. [Ice Pack, City Paper]

Flavors of the Avenue is a victim in Vince Fumo’s downfall. The festival has been cancelled as Fumo-backed Citizens Alliance has dropped out from cleanup duty. The local business improvement district can’t foot the $20,000 bill. [Inqlings, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Wegman’s Downingtown location will begin selling beer by the end of the month.

The folk behind Thai Pepper, Flavor, Azie and Teikoku in the ‘burbs is now opening Parker’s Prime, a steakhouse in Newtown Square. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Tony Luke’s The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone took home the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Philadelphia Film Festival/Cinefest. [The Clog]

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