South Philadelphia Tony Luke’s changing its name to ‘Tony and Nick’s’ amid family legal fight

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A cheesesteak institution in South Philadelphia is changing its name by the end of the month after a family lawsuit.

The attorney representing Anthony Lucidonio Sr. and his son Nick Lucidonio tells Action News they are changing the name as part of a court settlement with another family member.

Both men pleaded guilty to tax fraud in May. Anthony Lucidonio Sr. and Nick Lucidonio admitted to hiding more than $8 million from the IRS from 2006 to 2016.

“I saw this as I pulled around the corner, I was like, ‘Where’s the rest of Lukes?'” said Mary Beth Diamond, who waited 45 minutes in traffic to get a cheesesteak.

They drop Luke’s and change the name to “Tony and Nick’s” as part of a court settlement within their own family.

Anthony Lucidonio Junior – known as Tony Luke Junior – separated from his father and brother and started his own business. He runs Tony Luke’s franchise and mail order business.

He was in no way affiliated with the federal tax bills and clarifies on his website that the Oregon Avenue restaurant is not affiliated with their brand.

Daniel Kearny, who runs a lottery booth next door, says customers have been talking about the change.

“Little things from my clients, they’re talking South Philly,” Kearney said.

Tony and Nick’s lawyer says the father and son business will continue while quality products will only be sold under a new name.

“I’ve been here for 14 years and I’ve seen a lot. I don’t think it will change anything. They’re a great family that’s been very kind to me and the community,” Kearney said.

The changes to their branding must be made by July 25th.

Tony & Nick’s new branding will be their names and faces.

Action News reached out to Tony Luke Jr. for comment but never received a response.

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