Casual diners flock to Tony G’s for the delicious sandwiches and award-winning wings. But the icing on the proverbial cake has nothing to do with culinary skills.
The secret to an award-winning Tony G’s cheesesteak? To the savvy taste buds, it would appear to be the twelve ounces of premium A. Altieri & Sons beef, topped with New Yorker American cheese, which is all stuffed into a seeded Collegeville Italian Bakery roll.
But let’s not forget the final, and often overlooked, ingredient that will now put this first-rate sandwich over the edge — a hassle-free parking space.
It’s no doubt tough for many to overestimate the ability to park that will make a great cheesesteak more accessible, and desirable, but thanks to a brand new parking lot next door to the popular Tony G’s South Philly Pub & Eatery, customers no longer have that problem, noted owner Keith Gallo.
“Our customers are just loving the parking lot. They can’t believe how nice it is to have parking right here now,” said Gallo of the nicely paved lot at 1987 W. Main that was once the home of Jeffersonville’s firehouse, and more recently, a bike shop, writes Gary Puleo in The Times Herald.
Currently, the upstairs dining room is open Wednesday through Sunday, but customers who want to escape the smoking environment are always welcome to being served in the upstairs lounge, Gallo pointed out.
“We’re probably the only really nice smoking bar in the area, but if you don’t like the smoke, the bartender will tell you that you can go upstairs and they will take the food up there to you,” said Gallo, who believes his constant, enthusiastic presence on site is reassuring to customers.
“I think being family owned separates us from a lot of the other places. I’m here every day. I’m very hands-on and customers like that. They like coming in and seeing the owner here all the time,” he said. “You have to love what you do to be successful and be excited about it, and I can’t wait to get to work every day to see what we can do to improve.”
Tony G’s South Philly Pub & Eatery, 1991 W. Main St., Jeffersonville, is open daily 11 to 2 a.m. Phone: 610-539-9822; website: tonygspub.com.
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