October 13, 2016

GROWING UP:

Philly cheesesteak stand owner removes 'speak English' sign (AP, Oct. 13, 2016)

Late owner Joey Vento said at the time he posted it because of concerns over immigration reform and the increasing number of people who couldn't order in English.

He died in 2011. His son, Geno Vento, took over the business.

The cheesesteak stand on Thursday said Geno Vento has "decided to move on from the sign."

The shop says in a statement, "It's not about a sign. It's about what you do and what your mark in life is, and Geno wants to change that mark in life."



MORE:
Joey Vento, colorful purveyor of Philly cheesesteaks, dies at 71 (Emily Langer, August 24, 2011 , Washington Post)

Mr. Vento briefly served in the Army in the 1950s. He got a hardship discharge when his father was convicted of hiring a hit man to kill someone who, in turn, had failed to carry out another murder. Mr. Vento's brother also had a criminal record.

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