Dan Gross: Allen Iverson: A Friday's regular in Turkey

Allen Iverson: Cheesesteak wrap "every day."
Allen Iverson: Cheesesteak wrap "every day."
Posted: January 04, 2011

ALLEN IVERSON is sure glad they have T.G.I. Friday's in Istanbul.

The Sixers legend, a former regular at the Friday's on City Avenue, is now playing basketball in Turkey and told Philadelphia magazine's Robert Huber that he goes to Friday's in Istanbul daily.

"Man, listen," he says. "I didn't know that the Philly cheesesteak wrap was that good when I was in Philly. I tried them when I got out here and every day since then. Every day since then," Iverson said.

Huber asks Iverson, who used to lose big money regularly at Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal and Bally's, if he has a gambling problem. "You find out when dealing with people that doesn't have nowhere near as much money as you," Iverson says, "that a lot of people who don't have that money and can't fathom it, would never understand. If I had that much to lose and I know it, then it's not a problem for me." He may find underground card games, but gambling is illegal in Turkey, and, as Huber points out, A.I. would have to fly to Bulgaria or Cyprus, where we're not sure they have his A.C. game of choice - three-card stud.

Yesterday we made T.G.I. Friday's corporate office aware of Iverson's intercontinental loyalty. A restaurant spokeswoman said that "Friday's appreciates the loyalty of all of its guests and always looks for ways to thank them as often as possible."

Perrier is bringing sexy back

"Maybe I change the name to something more hip, more exciting," says chef Georges Perrier about Le Bar Lyonnais, in the basement of his Le Bec-Fin (1523 Walnut). Perrier plans to renovate the bar area in late August and reopen after

Labor Day.

"Philadelphia needs something sexy, and maybe I am the one to give it to them," Perrier told us.

The Frenchman announced to diners on New Year's Eve that he was not going to sell the restaurant that he opened 40 years ago.

Perrier says he's "two months" from opening his bakery, the Heart of Bread by Georges Perrier (920 Montgomery), in Narberth.

Singing governor

Actor John Stamos performed with the Beach Boys Sunday night at the Electric Factory in an invite-only concert for supporters and friends of Gov. Rendell.

The outgoing governor joined the group onstage and sang part of "Fun, Fun, Fun," the show's finale, and gave a brief speech of appreciation for the help of the crowd of about 700 supporters from across Pennsylvania.

Out and about

Eagles QB Michael Vick partied at 32° (16 S. 2nd) after Sunday's game, along with Jeremy Maclin, Asante Samuel, LeSean McCoy, Eldra Buckley, Jason Peters and King Dunlap, among others.

The gang took over the VIP section and enjoyed bottle service while ladies tried to get in to party with the ballers . . . Miss New Jersey, Julianna White, met a Jersey boy Saturday night, Frankie Valli. White met the singer backstage at the Borgata after his sold-out show at the hotel's Music Box theater . . . Comedian Kevin Hart surprised the Saturday-night crowd at the Laff House (221 South), where he stopped in and did a 10-minute set during Buck Wild and headliner Turae Gordon's show. Danny Ozark was DJ when Hart stopped in. Ozark co-hosts Thursday night's comedy shows with Damon D . . . CBS 3 consumer reporter Jim Donovan caught up with former colleague Marc Howard and his artist wife, Susie, for lunch at Theresa's (140 Moorehead) in West Conshohocken the other day.

Selling bachelors

CW Philly anchor Natasha Brown hosts the Kennedy Art Initiative's Glass Slipper bachelor auction Feb. 12 at Vivant Art Collection (60 N. 2nd). Singer Glenn Lewis is one of the bachelors who will be auctioned off at the event, which helps the Kennedy Art Initiative bring art education and supplies to children in Third World

nations. Tickets are $50 at theglassslipper.eventbrite.com.

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