It all started when Gloucester’s Joe Langhan (a founder of the Food Network) invited me to taste his pastrami. Having grown up in the pastrami capital of the world (NY), I was skeptical. But I went down to see Joe’s Beantown Pastrami operation at the Boston Public Market and had a sandwich. Instantly, I was transported! I hadn’t tasted pastrami like this since — not the last time but — 2 times ago when I went to NYC — a few years at least.
Right then, Joe and I agreed to try a Beantown Pastrami pop-up during a blues concert at our new venue, 9 Wallis, right down the road in Beverly. The first one in early August was a huge success. Joe ran out of food. So we tried it again 2 weeks later. Another hit.
Having been so popular in the evening, Joe wanted to try it for lunch (pastrami’s favorite meal) every Friday … but with a twist.
“What if you have a comedy show so people can Laugh Over Lunch (#LOL)?” he suggested.
Vickie and I LOVED the idea and together with Joe, we coined the phrase Pastromedy (Comedy + Pastrami = Pastromedy), which debuts this Friday from Noon – 2pm.
This week’s PASTROMEDY features Chris D, winner of the wildly successful Next Big Catch – North Shore Comedy Contest at 9 Wallis in July and is hosted by Gary Marino founder of the World Gone Crazy Comedy Band and owner of Harmon-Marino LIVE, which produces the comedy shows at 9 Wallis.
Joe expanded his Beantown Pastrami menu for 9 Wallis to include corned beef sandwich plates (including Reuben and Rachel) as well as turkey. All plates are served with Cape Cod Potato Chips and whole Maitland Mountain Farm pickles are available at for an extra charge.
Comedy is free.
Sooooo….have a fun lunch — and maybe start your weekend early by treating yourself to the best pastrami in New England, right down the road in Beverly. Don’t worry about the calories ’cause you’ll laugh your ass off!