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February 8, 2011 | staff
Tony Luke Jr. online Official website: www.tonylukes.com . www.tonylukes.com/music.htm has MP3 downloads of original music. Official business website: www.tonylukes.tv . "Watch the Mummers Strut" video: www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mummers+luke&aq=f . "The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone" trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahID5siy7gU . Eat 4 Peace: www.eat4peace.org (click on About tab).
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2012
HERE ARE some tips (and a favorite snack recipe) from Tony Luke for those who'd like to follow his lead and remake their physical appearances in an organic and healthy way: * Understand that it's not about dieting or exercising for a specific period of time. "You will never keep the weight off if you don't make it a lifestyle change and if you don't make exercising as important a part of your life as getting up and showering in the morning. " * Moderation is the key. " 'Healthy' doesn't mean just eating wheat grass and alfalfa sprouts.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2011
We were there: 8:40 p.m. (bottom of the fifth inning). Wait: 2 minutes. Order: A roast pork sandwich with a side of roasted long hot peppers. Cost : $11. Phindings : El Phoodio finally got off the schneid in a big way. After consecutive visits suffering the overpriced and oversalted fare at Harry the K's and the flavor-challenged pizza from Seasons, the roast pork sandwich at Tony Luke's was truly manna from heaven. This delicious belly-filler (which, if swung in anger, could probably leave a dent on the human skull)
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
IS TONY LUKE JR. going Hollywood on us? The cheesesteak impresario has acted in movies before, such as his unforgettable turn in "Invincible" and his starring role in "The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone," but he made a national splash this year with the Spike food-competition series "Frankenfood. " Well, I hear that Luke was in Los Angeles recently, and it wasn't just to get a tan. Luke has signed with Babette Perry, of IMG, a big-deal agency that will rep Luke for more hosting gigs.
FOOD
March 12, 2009 | By Rick Nichols, Inquirer Columnist
Let's cut to the chase: The reaction to the news last week that Tony Luke's, the gritty South Philly sandwich stand, was coming out with a frozen, microwavable/boil-in-a-bag version of its venerable cheesesteak was not exactly positive. "Sounds gross," was one of the milder e-mailed posts. "Two words," went another: " Nas-Tee . " "Blechhh," spat another. Then they got personal: "Tony sold out to The Man!" They had another thing in common. None of the commenters (except one, a defender)
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February 8, 2011 | By CHUCK DARROW, darrowc@phillynews.com 215-313-3134
A FEW years ago, a psychic told Tony Luke Jr. he hadn't survived childhood in any of his previous 10 lifetimes. Maybe that's why the South Philly native is driven to lead so many different lives in his current incarnation. Carrying a tattoo-bedecked, 340-plus pounds and sporting a cleanshaven head, twin diamond stud earrings and a serious goatee, the man born Anthony Lucidonio Jr. may look like a loan shark's collector or a nightclub bouncer, but he is a wildly successful businessman who runs an ever-expanding international dining and frozen-food business.
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January 17, 2012 | BY CHUCK DARROW, darrowc@phillynews.com 215-313-3134
TONY LUKE Jr. isn't nearly the man he used be. And that's one of two reasons the 50-year-old cheesesteak-and-roast-pork entrepreneur may be the happiest he's ever been (more on the second reason later). A year ago, when I profiled the modern-day Renaissance man for the Daily News , Luke didn't so much tip the scales; he crushed them, weighing almost 350 pounds. But just about a year later, here is Luke (real name, Anthony Lucidonio Jr.) sitting at a back table in his favorite Italian eatery, the deep-in-the-heart-of-South Philly Franco & Luigi's, carrying a mere 243 pounds on an impressively toned, 5-foot-9-inch frame.
FOOD
December 1, 2011 | By Michael Klein
The health attributes of Philadelphia's signature foods are beyond debate. Hoagies and scrapple are salty and fatty. Soft pretzels and Krimpets are loaded with empty carbs. Cheesesteaks? All of that. But in this supersized America, a one-thousand-calorie sandwich seems to fit right in. Then why are two major Philadelphia sandwich players - Tony Luke's and Rick's Original Steaks - going smaller? Both have introduced 6-inch versions of the traditional 9-inch sandwiches at their food-court locations.
NEWS
April 4, 2008 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barack Obama vows he shall return and sample a cheesesteak. Just one? Yesterday, sports talker Glen Macnow of WIP (610 AM) posted his nearly final rankings of 45 cheesesteaks sampled between West Chester to Atlantic City. Only the order of the top six could change, pending a final on-air showdown at noon on Saturday, April 19. Interestingly, ranked No. 1 was also the place that finished first with Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan after his 2002 whirlwind tour of 23 eateries: John's Roast Pork on East Snyder Avenue in South Philadelphia.
NEWS
July 9, 2007
IF YOU gathered all the cheesesteaks the Oliveri family has fried up in this town and laid them end-to-end, they would circle the globe. We don't believe anyone would actually do that. Then again, we wouldn't have believed that an Oliveri legacy would be unceremoniously booted from one of Philadelphia's culinary landmarks, the Reading Terminal Market. His grandfather, Pat Oliveri invented the cheesesteak, according to local lore. But Rick Oliveri's steak shop is about to be kicked out of the market after 15 years to make way for another South Philly sandwich tradition, Tony Luke's.
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August 2, 2016 | By Dan Geringer, Staff Writer
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February 8, 2015 | By Huizhong Wu, Inquirer Staff Writer
The end of a reign rarely comes without death. But the King of Jeans apparently will have an afterlife. The iconic, kitschy sign that has loomed over East Passyunk Avenue since 1994 is in pieces now, its lettering and crown carted Thursday to an architecture salvage company. The lip-locked couple, a discofied Romeo and his South Philly Juliet, for now still hang on the facade of the shuttered clothier. But they, too, are headed for a less public setting. After numerous attempts to find a proper throne for the King along Passyunk and in other places, it was decided the giant sign would wind up at Provenance, a Northern Liberties salvager.
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December 11, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
NOTE TO VISITING CELEBS: If there's one way to get Philadelphians to love you, it's to publicly disparage any football team that is not the Eagles. Yesterday, comedian Chris Rock , a brilliant man, started his introduction of his new movie, "Top Five," with a rousing "Go Eagles. F--- the Ravens. " The crowd at the Ritz Five went wild. Of course, the next stop on Rock's five-city promotional blitz was Baltimore, where he tweeted, "You guys were great. " Could it be that Rock was being insincere about his distaste for the Ravens in order to promote his movie?
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
IS TONY LUKE JR. going Hollywood on us? The cheesesteak impresario has acted in movies before, such as his unforgettable turn in "Invincible" and his starring role in "The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone," but he made a national splash this year with the Spike food-competition series "Frankenfood. " Well, I hear that Luke was in Los Angeles recently, and it wasn't just to get a tan. Luke has signed with Babette Perry, of IMG, a big-deal agency that will rep Luke for more hosting gigs.
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August 27, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
FOX 29 will have a new face for its new weekend broadcast, alongside a familiar one. Lauren Johnson will be the new kid on the block when Fox 29 debuts its weekend morning newscast starting Sept. 20 at 8 a.m. Johnson hails from Georgia and has worked at Fox affiliates in Memphis and Orlando, including a stint as a morning-show host. Johnson will be joined by Karen Hepp in the newscast, which is reportedly going to put a heavy premium on social-media use and interactivity.
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March 26, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
PHILLY-BORN AND -RAISED comedian Craig Shoemaker is retiring from the stage for good. But for his next trick, he'll bring a little Philly to the West Coast. "I've decided to say goodbye to my stand-up career and move on to more purposeful things," Shoemaker said. Before he says goodbye to the bright lights once and for all, Shoemaker will play two shows (one is sold out) at the Sellersville Theater on Saturday. So what are these purposeful things Shoemaker speaks of? The L.A.-based comic will open three locations of Tony Luke's in Southern California.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
CHEESESTEAK impresario Tony Luke Jr. will shine the bright lights on his hometown, bringing his new reality show "Frankenfood" to Philly from Feb. 24 to 26. Luke and his co-star, NYC chef Josh Capon , will film at local restaurants. "Frankenfood," which was picked up by Spike, features amateur cooks going head-to-head to create unexpected food innovations. The winner of each episode gets $10,000 and his or her item on the menu of a local restaurant. Luke and Capon held auditions for "Frankenfood" in Philly back in November.
NEWS
October 4, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
THE WIDOW of Tom Clancy , the mega-best-selling author who died yesterday at age 66, has roots in Philly. Alexandra Marie Llewellyn , who went by Alexandra Clancy after she married the thriller author in 1999, is the daughter of former Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Philadelphia CEO J. Bruce Llewellyn , who died in 2010 with an estimated $160 million in the bank. Llewellyn led a group that bought the company that included Bill Cosby and Julius Erving . Man, I bet those were fun board meetings.
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April 12, 2013 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
YOU'VE HAD Pat's. You've had Geno's. You've had Tony Luke's and John's and Jim's and Steve's and D'Alessandro's and Donkey's and Chubby's and Cosmi's and Chick's and dozens more. But have you had a cheesesteak pot pie? Wontons? Spring rolls? Bao buns with spicy pickled shallots, homemade sriracha and micro cilantro? Yeah, probably. Eighty-three years after its invention, Pat and Harry Olivieri's humble creation - originated with butcher's scraps and a hotdog roll - has gone international.
NEWS
August 17, 2012 | BY SEAN CARLIN, Daily News Staff Writer
DiNic's roast pork - sliced thin with broccoli rabe and extra-sharp provolone on a seeded Carangi's roll - is a damn good sandwich. But the best in America? A day after the Reading Terminal stalwart was named the best sandwich in the country by a Travel Channel show, some competitors and their devotees questioned whether host Adam Richman had cast a wide enough net. Richman announced the winner Wednesday night after sampling 28 sandwiches throughout the country and naming 10 regional finalists and two wild cards.
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