GLASSBORO — Philadelphia’s popular Tony Luke’s restaurant is coming to Glassboro.
Known for its cheesesteaks, roast pork Italian and chicken cutlet, Tony Luke’s signed a lease last month to open a store inside 220 Rowan Boulevard — a new mixed-use housing complex for Rowan University students and private residents.
Fans of the food will be able to place an order sometime in mid-January.
The self-proclaimed “real taste of South Philly,” Tony Luke’s was founded in 1992 by Tony “Luke” Lucidonio Sr. and his sons, Tony Luke Jr. and Nicky Lucidonio.
Albie Misci, director of sales for Tony Luke’s, said the restaurant is excited to not only be within the Rowan Univeristy community but the entire Glassboro community.
“We’ve seen what they are doing with Glassboro and building it up with the college, and we think it’s a great opportunity,” Misci said.
And, Misci noted that because Lucidonio once lived in Glassboro and raised his kids there, the community has a special place in his heart.
The restaurant will be one more addition that Glassboro officials believe will helpreshape Rowan Boulevard into a premier downtown attraction.
“We are really excited about it,” said Glassboro Administrator Joe Brigandi. “We are thrilled to have a big, quality name that will add to the list of places (on Rowan Boulevard).”
Tony Luke’s currently has 22 locations throughout the mid-Atlantic region as well as in Bahrain.
In 1998, GQ magazine named it one of the Golden Dishes for that year, according to the restaurant’s website.
Lori Gallagher, of Gloucester Township, visits a Tony Luke’s at least twice a week for its chicken cutlet, which she said “is out of this world.”
As manager of the 7-Eleven on Rowan Boulevard, a mere block away from where the restaurant will be located, she is very excited.
“It’s just good food,” she said, simply.
Karl Delrosario, a 20-year-old junior at Rowan Univeristy and resident of 220 Rowan Boulevard, is a North Jersey native and has never eaten at a Tony Luke’s. He said he is nevertheless excited for the restaurant to open in his building because of the amazing things his friends have told him.
“I’m excited that it’s coming here,” he said on his way into 220 Rowan Boulevard. “My friends have told me it’s pretty good.”