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Tony Luke's coming to center-city Allentown

Restaurant's specialties include cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches

Tony Luke's to open in Allentown

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A Tony Luke's restaurant is scheduled to open in September at 806 Hamilton St. in Allentown.

Best known as a cheesesteak and sandwich shop, Tony Luke's currently operates 21 restaurants, many in the Philadelphia area. 

In addition to cheesesteaks, its specialties include roast pork, chicken cutlets, chicken cheesesteaks, veggie sandwiches, hamburgers and more.

Located one block from the PPL Center multi-purpose hockey arena at 7th and Hamilton streets, the Allentown location will be the chain's first restaurant in the Lehigh Valley.

It will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night hours.

"There are a lot of franchise sandwich concepts out there, but there are very few that are chef-driven like Tony Luke's," said Paveen Vig, owner and operator of the Tony Luke's Allentown franchise, in a news release.

Vig claims more than 15 years of food industry experience and owns and operates franchises in Atlantic City.

Tony Luke, Jr., CEO and founder of Tony Luke's restaurants, is co-host of Spike TV's first culinary show, "Frankenfood."

Tony Luke's is the third new restaurant in buildings constructed by City Center Lehigh Valley, the company that is redeveloping downtown Allentown.

The first was Hamilton Kitchen & Bar, which opened in July. The second, Roar Social House, will open in early September.

City Center is plans to open several more restaurants in the mixed-use development.

"This is just another example of the desire and commitment that businesses and restaurants are making to the city of Allentown," said State Sen. Pat Browne, who was instrumental in getting NIZ financing passed to make possible the city's commercial  renaissance.

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