Tuesday, June 06, 2006

At Geno's: No English No Cheesesteak!

Geno's Steaks, famous Philly landmark, has weighed in on the immigration problem.

"...owner Joe Vento requires customers to speak English before he'll serve them. A sign at the order window says, "This is America... Speak English." Pointing at the menu or otherwise signaling your order doesn't cut it with Joe.

Vento says he's received great feedback since his sign went up...

"This was a predominantly Italian neighborhood, and for some reason it's turning Mexican," complained Vento. "They're not speaking the language. It's a big problem, and it's getting worse."

Not for Tom Francano, who has been taking orders across the street at Pat's King of Steaks for 27 years. "We welcome everybody. We speak everything here. We're multicultural." (source) (ALa adds: Pat's is where Kerry ordered the infamous Cheesesteak with Swiss that he ate with a knife and fork --they also had a Kerry sign in the window).

Vento says that his grandparents came from Italy and though they may not have spoken perfect English --they made an attempt to learn the language...

(Notice: the sign under the order counter is of Daniel Faulkner -the police officer that was murdered by Mumia Abu-Jamal)

Ya know, I might go get some Geno's today...

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