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Friday, June 09, 2006

I'll eat at Geno's

Geno's Steaks is one of Philadelphia's esteemed producers of the Philly Cheesesteak.

They also demand that you order in English.
Situated in a South Philadelphia immigrant neighborhood, Geno's — which together with its chief rival, Pat's King of Steaks, forms the epicenter of an area described as "ground zero for cheesesteaks" — has posted small signs telling customers, "This Is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING `SPEAK ENGLISH.'"
The owner has been pretty public about his politics for a while though.
Vento, a short, fiery man with a ninth-grade education, arms covered in tattoos and a large diamond ring in his ear, also sells "freedom fries" to protest France's opposition to the
Iraq war. He rails against Mumia Abu-Jamal, the black man who was convicted of killing police Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981 and has become a cause celebre among some death penalty opponents. Memorials to Faulkner are posted at his shop.
I'll have to make a note to stop by next time I'm in Philly.


Blogger dana in the desert declared,

Don't think that would fly down here in Tucson!

I know a certain Hispanic individual who looks down on other Hispanics ift hey don't speak Spanish- never mind that they are born and raised here.

6/11/2006 10:12 AM  
Blogger Texas Truth declared,

Yes, there is a problem with Geno's, immigration and racism. The problem is that his business is HIS business and he can do wherever he likes. If some immigrant can't order his/her lunch in the way that is prescribed, I guess he/she doesn’t eat at Geno's. I know there are other places in Philadelphia to eat. Some of the bleeding heart liberals just don't get it. Kudos to Geno’s. He has a great deal of support out here. I have a post at my blog about this and other issues

Please feel free to stop by and read my perspective on this and other issues.

6/13/2006 11:49 PM  

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