The owner of a south Philadelphia cheesesteak shop who once instructed customers to order only in English has died, according to to relatives.
Joey Vento had a heart attack at home and died Tuesday on the way to the hospital, said Joseph Perno, his nephew and manager of the shop.
"Things are a little somber tonight," Perno told CNN affiliate KYW behind the grill at Geno's. "But he's in our hearts."
Vento founded Geno's in 1966 in Philadelphia, where it sits across the street from another cheesesteak shop, Pat's King of Steaks.
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Omg I hope they speak English in heaven........
sad...he was a legend of the Philly Cheesesteaks. R.I.P
watch the video, I swear it's Mario
uhh, was that Mario Battali at the end of the line?
Dead at 71? He must have eaten too many cheesesteaks.
The only thing I want to say on it is that also happens the other way.
Job openings require that the applicant be "bilingual". I had applied for jobs that said that and I told them I spoke some French and they told me no it "had" to be Spanish. That translates to only Hispanics need apply because they are most likely to speak the language; even though it's not required to do your job. It's a closed shop.
Just like the flag, a common language binds the country together. Yes, hang on to your heritage but also be part of America.
I agree with his sentiments- it pains me when customers of mine have been in this country for decades, 30 plus years even- and don't speak a word of English. That's not for me to judge, but at least bring a translator or even a book that helps you rephrase words from your language to ours.
He seems like he was well liked, and will be missed, RIP.
This guy was a true American. He stood up for what he believed in. RIP to a true American
" This is America. When ordering,Please speak English ". Well said Joey,Well said. RIP.
Wow, how sad, I have seen this guy on the travel channel and food network and he was a true character whom I am sure will be missed.
A true master passes on.
One has to wonder if he will be buried with Onions, Peppers and the Wizz
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