Dan Gross: More on the loss of Harry

Harry Kalas surveys the Veterans Stadium field from his perch in the broadcast booth in 2000.
Harry Kalas surveys the Veterans Stadium field from his perch in the broadcast booth in 2000.
Posted: April 15, 2009

WITH MONDAY'S death of legendary Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas, we wondered when fans would see the SuperPretzel commercial he was to appear in, taped last month in Ardmore.

"We were deeply saddened by Harry's sudden passing, as he'd become part of our work family, too. At this point no decisions have been made as far as the release of the SuperPretzel commercial," said Tom Weber, VP of operations at J&J Snack Foods, which owns SuperPretzel.

We called Harry's voice-over agent, Marc Guss of the William Morris Agency, to see what additional work Harry had lined up.

Guss said he couldn't talk about any planned projects, but he remembered Harry, as we all do, as "the ultimate gentleman with the highest level of character."

* In other Harry news, Comcast SportsNet's hour-long tribute "Harry Kalas," which premiered last night, will be available for free on Comcast On Demand for its digital-cable customers from tonight through Sept. 30.

Franchisee sues Tony Luke's

AKL Food Service is suing Tony Luke's in Superior Court of New Jersey, alleging fraud and claiming the Philadelphia-based sandwich restaurant failed to provide necessary information to AKL, which opened a franchise in Hamilton, N.J.

The complaint, filed Monday in Monmouth County, also names as co-defendants Anthony Lucidonio Jr.; his father, Anthony Lucidonio; son, Anthony Lucidonio III; Rastelli Foods Group and several other parties.

It says that Tony Luke's blocked AKL, run by Anastasios Linardos, from renting a smaller Jersey location, which would have been cheaper to operate. The Hamilton spot is on the verge of closing and, according to the complaint, AKL has lost $9,000 per month for two years, which it blames on insufficient or inaccurate financials from Tony Luke's.

"We had not seen the lawsuit until it was sent to us by the media late this afternoon," George Polgar, a spokesman for Tony Luke's and Rastelli said last night. "Upon initial review, the claims are absolutely without merit and we will have no further comment pending official review and response by our attorneys."

Ballers dunk into Lotus Lounge

Celtics Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis, Kenderick Perkins, Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen stopped into the Lotus Lounge (101 N. 20th) Sunday night. We're told a couple of them left with a few girls in the ladies' Honda.

A few nights earlier LeBron James and fellow Cavs Ben Wallace, Delonte West, Darnell Jackson and Joe Smith stopped into the new nightspot.

Saturday is Record Store Day

Saturday is National Record Store Day, and Manayunk's Main Street Music (4444 Main) will be selling limited-edition records and CDs and hosting in-store performances by Good Old War, at noon, and Australia's Youth Group, at 2 p.m. The store also will be feeding customers wonderful tomato pies from Marchiano's Bakery (4653 Umbria) and even adult beverages, for those over 21.

Does iTunes give you food and drink? Didn't think so. For more on National Record Store Day, check out recordstoreday.com. *

Visit PhillyGossip.com for Dan's latest stories. Have a tip? Call 215-854-5963, or e-mail grossd@phillynews.com. For recent columns, visit go.philly.com/dangross.

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