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Jackson Hts. group launches biz program for Spanish speakers
BY CARLOTTA MOHAMED
A community-based nonprofi t in
Jackson Heights is helping Spanishspeaking
entrepreneurs grow their business.
Renaissance Economic Development
Corporation (REDC) announced a new
small business education program tailored
for Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs
in Jackson Heights and surrounding
neighborhoods in northern Queens.
“Small businesses are the heart and
soul of our immigrant communities,”
said Jessie Lee, managing director of
Renaissance Economic Development
Corporation. “We are committed to
providing entrepreneurs in Queens
with the skills they need to compete
in a challenging marketplace, to bridge
the digital divide and to off er multilingual
services customized for our diverse
Th e series, which launched on Feb. 13
and includes two more sessions on Feb.
20 and Feb. 27,is completely free. Th e
classes are focused on bridging the digital
divide, helping entrepreneurs stay
sustainable and successful in the community.
Topics are Social Media & Digital
Marketing (Feb. 20) and Managing
Your Credit & Business Cash Flow
Th e classes will be held at 92-14
Roosevelt Ave. in Jackson Heights. To
make a reservation, contact: Elizabeth
Au-Hing at 212-964-2288. Th e courses
will be off ered in Spanish only.
REDC is a U.S. Treasury-certifi ed
Community Development Financial
Institution dedicated to transforming
immigrant, low- and middle-income
communities in New York City. Since
1997, REDC has been providing low-interest
small business loans and entrepreneurial
training programs in underserved
Photo via Getty Images
areas throughout the fi ve boroughs.
REDC is an affi liate of Asian
Americans for Equality (AAFE).
For more information about REDC,
Philly cheesesteak giant Tony Luke’s coming to Queens
BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
One of the biggest names in Philadelphia
cheesesteak is making a move up the New
Jersey Turnpike to New York City — and
has its sights set on opening a Queens
Eater reported on Feb. 7 that Tony
Luke’s is opening seven new cheesesteak
shops in the New York City metro area.
One location is set to open this spring on
Flatbush Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn,
and the chain plans on opening one shop
in each of the fi ve boroughs, as well as
Yonkers and Long Island.
Th e exact location of the Queens Tony
Luke’s has yet to be announced, but
Queens is on the list of locations that
Tony Luke’s is “invading,” as noted on the
restaurant’s offi cial website.
It’s not Tony Luke’s fi rst foray into the
Big Apple. In 2005, according to Eater,
the cheesesteak chain opened an eatery on
Ninth Avenue in Manhattan, but the shop
would close years later.
First opened in 1992, Tony Luke’s is
considered one of the most famous cheesesteak
purveyors in the “City of Brotherly
Love.” For those who’ve never had one,
the typical Philadelphia cheesesteak
includes thin-cut fried ribeye steak on a
hoagie (hero) roll with grilled onions and
a generous smear of Cheez-Wiz (though
you could opt for American or Provolone
cheese instead of the Wiz).
On its website, Tony Luke’s says that it
makes all of its bread in-house and uses
100 percent hormone- and steroid-free
ribeye steak. Along with cheesesteak,
Tony Luke’s also off ers the roast pork
sandwich, another authentic Philly hoagie
featuring thin-cut pork topped with
Provolone cheese and sautéed broccoli
rabe or spinach. All sandwiches are
cooked to order.
Unlike other famed Philly steak slingers
such as Pat’s and Geno’s (the two
famously feuding cheesesteak competitors
located in South Philly), Tony Luke’s
expanded its reach beyond Philadelphia.
Th e majority of Tony Luke’s locations are
clustered in the greater Philadelphia area
and southern New Jersey, though there
are also eateries in Ocean City, Maryland;
Washington, D.C., and Houston, Texas.
Th e Courier reached out to MMB
Management, which is handling the Tony
Luke expansion, for further comment
about the Queens location, and is awaiting
Photo via Facebook/Tony Luke’s
A cheesesteak sandwich (with onions) from Tony Luke’s, a Philadelphia chain expanding to New