Friday, August 26, 2011

Remembering Joey Vento, Philadelphia Personality

Dom Giordano wrote a good piece about Joey Vento in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Vento, who recently died, was a the owner of a popular sandwich shop, Geno's Cheesesteaks, and a vocal supporter of the U.S. military and the local police.

Philadelphia is a city of characters. With the passing of Joey Vento, we lost one of our biggest - a guy who parlayed great cheesesteaks, neon, an incredible work ethic and personality into a great business and status as a local treasure.

The Joey that I knew was pure Philly, warts and all. I got to know him at the start of the battle over the 6-by-9-inch sign requesting that people speak English when ordering cheesesteaks. The result was an international debate, a kangaroo court in Philadelphia and eventual triumph for Vento. But the sign and the battle over it are not his true legacy.

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

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