Memo to Philly-Bound Foreign Travelers: At Geno’s it’s English Only, or no Cheesesteak For You
Travel Blog • Joanna Kakissis • 03.21.08 | 10:27 AM ET
Don’t bother asking for Philadelphia’s heart-attack sandwich in anything other than good ol’ English when you’re at Geno’s Steaks. The popular cheesesteak eatery can keep up a sign that reads: “This is America. When ordering, please speak English,” according to a ruling this week. In a case that lasted nearly two years, the Philadelphia Commission for Human Relations had tried to force owner Joey Vento to remove the sign because some commissioners found it discriminatory.
His supporters, though, saw it as a case of political correctness gone wild. Vento’s not crying about the fracas, though. The publicity, he says, has “made me famous throughout the world.”