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Local Restaurant Owner Gets National TV Burger Spotlight

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(Tommy Up in his Northern Liberties restaurant that goes by the initials "PYT."  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

(Tommy Up in his Northern Liberties restaurant that goes by the initials “PYT.” Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Philadelphia restaurateur is making a national television appearance tomorrow on the “Rachael Ray” show.

Tommy Up, of PYT Restaurant, located in the Piazza in Northern Liberties, appears on the “Rachael Ray” show to compete in Rachael’s “burger bash.”

“Rachael called me a ‘burger punk’ on the show, I guess because we told her about all the crazy burgers we do, and she seemed to really like it,” Up recalls.

Hear the entire Tommy Up interview in this CBS Philly Podcast…

In the year and half that PYT has been open, it has garnered a lot of attention for its weekly burger specials.

“We have the burger we made on the show, which is the Korean short rib burger,” Up (who uses a shortened version of his surname) says.   “We’ve got the infamous Krispy Kreme burger, which is a double cheeseburger ona Krispy Kreme donut as the bun, with chocolate-covered bacon.  It’s a lot better than it sounds.  That’s actually been a huge hit.  We have a surf and turf which is grilled truffled lobster over a half-pound burger.   We have a Philly cheesesteak pretzel roll burger.”

Up says show producers reached out to PYT after an anonymous patron nominated the restaurant for the contest that was advertised in “Rachael Ray” magazine.

Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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