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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Comer a Pat's Steaks


Pat's Steaks

Editorial | Here's the latest word from Geno's

The customer is always right? Not at Geno's Steaks in South Philadelphia.

Belly up to its counter and order a cheesesteak in a language other than English, and you'll walk away hungry. Fromage-avec? Fugheddaboudit.

It seems that Joseph Vento, Geno's owner, feels strongly that everyone in this country ought to speak English - even if they're tourists from faraway climes looking for that fabled Philly cheesesteak fix.

Vento insists his customers order in English. No pointing at the menu items. Speak English, a sign at Vento's popular, curbside counter reads.

This comes from a man whose Italian-born grandparents spoke limited English. Talk about irony thicker than Cheez Whiz.
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Were the nation to "go back to the 19th century, and play by those rules," as Vento suggests, citizenship would be within easier reach for many of those whom some Americans are now so eager to deport.
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Look, if we played by 19th Century rules, he'd be regarded as scum by the WASP's of Philadephia and his opinion would mean nothing.

In 1920, they limited Italian immigrants because there was a fear of simplemindedness.

What this is about is that he's sick of Mexicans not speaking English. You can bet if a German fumbled about he'd get a steak.

posted by Steve @ 1:39:00 AM

1:39:00 AM

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