NBA Hall of Famer and beloved Philadelphia sports icon Allen Iverson recently sat down with GQ Magazine for an interview. AI was asked what he is looking forward to next in life. The Answer replied: "my restaurant that we’re getting ready to open in Virginia. I’m starting in Virginia. Then we gonna take it to Philadelphia because it’ll be big, obviously, in Philadelphia. Then DC and Charlotte. I’m crawling before I walk."
Iverson did not divulge much information about the restaurant and the South Philly Team was unable to reach Iverson’s management team for comment on the star's expansion plans. When the interviewer asked him "what kind of food?" He responded with "we gotta go seafood. But we gonna do the soul food too. We put it all together."
The Hampton, Virginia native is set to open up a seafood/soul food restaurant in his home state. After VA gets up and going, he intends to bring his new talents back to Philadelphia and open up a location here. His love of one particular restaurant in our city became somewhat legendary. During his time here as a Sixer, he would frequent the City Ave TGI Friday's so much that in a 2016 interview with DLTR Unboxed, he went on to say that the staff became "like family and treated him great." According to Iverson, once the word was out that was a go-to spot, the Fridays basically became like a club because of his presence.
Iverson entered the NBA Draft in 1996 and was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as a first overall pick. He played for the team for 10 seasons up until 2006, when he left and then returned for part of the 2009-2010 season. During his tenure in Philadelphia, he appeared in seven All-Star games and lead the 76ers to an NBA Finals. He was named rookie of the year in 1997 and became the league MVP in 2001. The former point guard was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.
Whenever his Philadelphia location restaurant comes to fruition, we here at the South Philly Team will be walking, not crawling to go and support the legend.
Vinny Fracassi aka South Philly Vinny