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Root beer floats are great. When you’re a kid and it’s summertime and it’s hot, there are few things better than that classic soda, ice cream combo. But when you’re an adult it can get better. What’s better than root beer? Real beer.
This is where the folks at Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop and Bottle Bar East come in with their timely collaboration: beer floats.
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To this day, I’m not entirely certain whether Joe Groh was trying to be a good man or simply a good businessman when he chose to change the name of his Tacony cheesesteak shop to “Joe’s Steaks.”
What I do know that it made his life a lot more difficult for a long time. Fans of the shop’s old name, “Chink’s,” were enraged at the switch — convinced Joe had knuckled under to the forces of political correctness. They offered responses that ranged from taking their cheesesteak business elsewhere to outright displays of ugly hostility.
The reaction left Groh wondering if his business would survive.
“It’s the scariest thing in the world to look at an empty store,” he said in the summer of 2013. Read more »
Joe’s Steaks at Frankford and Girard.
The second location of Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop is set to open at the corner of Frankford and Girard Avenue on Wednesday, April 1st. The legendary cheesesteak spot’s sequel will at once feel familiar to fans of the original and will also blow them away with just how nice the new spot is.
However, most importantly the quality of Joe’s Steaks was on display in Fishtown. In a cheesesteak, hand-cut fries and milkshake sampled prior to the opening, there was no mistaking how good Joe’s can be.
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