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Owners Of Molly Malloy’s At Reading Terminal Share Story Behind The Name

Vinnie and Jimmy Iovine behind the bar at Molly Malloy's. (credit: KYW's Steve Tawa)

Vinnie and Jimmy Iovine behind the bar at Molly Malloy’s. (credit: KYW’s Steve Tawa)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The owners of a new and improved bar in the Reading Terminal Market had their mom in mind, in naming it Molly Malloy’s. They’ve already been there for years, running the produce stand in the corner of the market.

When Vinnie and Jimmy Iovine first acquired the old Beer Garden, they were trying to come up with a name for it. Another longtime vendor, Tommy Nicolosi, who has the well-regarded DiNic’s pork sandwich place nearby, provided the inspiration, according to Vinnie and Jimmy.

“Tommy says, ‘yo Vinnie, your mother’s maiden name is Molly Malloy. That’s a great name!’ I ran to my brother.’ Vinnie said.

“I went, duh Why didn’t we think of that?” Jimmie asked.

They hired chef Bobby Fisher, to put out some good food, but the Iovine’s also would like folks to buy food from other vendors, grab a beer from them, and sit down at one of the nearby public tables.

A spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board says they’d have to get management’s OK, as well as petition the LCB for an “extension of premises” permit. It’s similar to the procedure restaurants follow for sidewalk cafes.

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060

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