A true son of South Philly, Tony “Luke” Lucidonio Jr., 50, is a man of many talents and enormous energy.
In the 1990’s Tony Jr. worked tirelessly with his Father Tony Sr. and brother Nick to build the Tony Luke’s legend. From lunch trucks to full Italian meal take-out, they tried it all until they hit on the Old Philly Style Sandwich formula that took enormous culinary leaps beyond the famous Philly Cheese steak.
Twice hailed by Gourmet Magazine for quality and innovation, and renowned by GQ Magazine, New York Times and scores of other media, Tony Luke’s redefined the Philly Sandwich experience with specialty favorites like their Roast Pork Italian, Chicken Cutlets with Broccoli Rabe & Sharp Provolone.
With a savvy eye for marketing and publicity opportunities Tony Jr. has kept the business in the spotlight and has expanded this Historic South Philly tradition into 8 Premier Locations making it one of the biggest success stories of the Philadelphia dining renaissance of the last two decades, as well as being featured in countless food based TV shows such as Man vs. Food & Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
Today Tony Jr. continues to speak to the Business and Community Leaders and has recently entered the Culinary Equipment arena with his own Branded Knives. With all Tony has accomplished he still finds time to serve his community.
Tony Jr’s other gifts bloomed early as a student at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.
He trained as an actor appearing in his first play in 1982, wrote and produced music including songs for Billy Paul and A&M Records, and even topped the CD Baby charts with his latest song “Right Here.”
Meanwhile Tony has continued to hone his craft as an actor, appearing in many feature film productions and even Co writing and Co Producing his own feature film, The Nail “The Story of Joey Nardone.
Coincidentally Tony Jr is just wrapping up a 1 year personal “Weight Loss & Good Health” campaign. Always health conscious and extremely active for a “big guy” Tony Jr. has used a regimen of sensible eating and exercise to knock off the weight.
2009 The Might Macs
2009 The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone
2009 The Burnt House
2009 Mortal Sin
2008 Return to Sleepaway Camp
2008 The Unknown Trilogy
2007 Frankie the Squirrel
2006 10th & Wolf
2005 Straight Forward
2004 Mafioso: The Father, the Son
2003 Hack (TV series)
2003-2004 The Jamie Kennedy Experiment (TV series)
1998 The Evil Within
1986 Dance Party USA (TV series)
2009 The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone (movie)
2009 The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone (executive producer)
Tony Luke Jr as himself
2011 Booted (post-production)
2012 Mancation (completed)
2007 This Is My Cheesesteak (documentary)
Please visit Tony Luke’s website for further information regarding Tony Luke Jr. Also please see the links below for recent PR for Tony Luke Jr.
Philly.com, cover of Philadelphia Daily News 1/17/2012
Yahoo Sports, post-game story 2/7/2012
Wall Street Journal, Japan as ambassador for Takeru Kobayashi Wingbowl 20 Champ 2/7/2012
Philly Health Watch, cover Story based on Tony Luke Jr and his recent weight loss