A new restaurant opening soon in Los Angeles has taken America’s love of National Public Radio to a whole new level: by naming a selection of sandwiches on its lunch menu after NPR hosts — like Ira Glass of This American Life, Alex Cohen of AirTalk, and Audie Cornish of All Things Considered.
“The Larry is probably one of my most favorite sandwiches on the menu,” Peter Lemos, co-owner of the upcoming Wax Paper, told Southern California Public Radio (SCPR). “It's kind of like our version of the classic East Coast Italian hoagie.”
That’s Larry as in Larry Mantle, host of AirTalk on KPCC, 89.3 FM. His namesake sandwich features hand-sliced bologna with capicola, provolone, pickled peppers, red onion, lettuce, tomato, and oregano vinaigrette on a sesame roll, for $12.
Ira Glass, perhaps the most recognizable of all NPR hosts, has been memorialized by Wax Paper in an avocado melt with Cheddar, sprouts, pickled and raw red onion, cucumber, tomato, and garlic aïoli on seeded wheat, for the very fair price of $9.
Lemos says he didn’t ask permission to make a sandwich in any host’s likeness, but went ahead because “we just thought that if we made a delicious sandwich and named it after them, they would be honored.”