Geno’s Steaks Has Removed Its “Speak English” Sign

Geno's Steaks

Photo | Jeff Fusco

It was Joey Vento’s dying wish.

The late Geno’s Steaks owner told his son he wanted nothing more than to keep his controversial “Speak English” sign in the window of his business – the sign that made him famous, he said.

But he died in 2011. And now, under the ownership of Vento’s son, Geno Vento (named after the business, not vice versa), Geno’s Steaks has reportedly removed the sign, which once sparked a discrimination complaint. Read more »

North Dakota Reporter Comes to Philly, Eagles Fans Offer Him Weed

Carson Wentz; Mike McFeely

North Dakota media personality Mike McFeely (right) came to Philadelphia to see Carson Wentz. The trip did not disappoint. | Wentz photo by Jeff Fusco

Carson Wentz grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota, and starred at North Dakota State University. In a state without a pro team, Wentz’s debut yesterday was a pretty big deal: A local TV station covered fans cheering for him at a local bar, and the president of North Dakota State happened to be there.

North Dakota media outlets also sent reporters to the game. Fargo media personality Mike McFeely traveled to Philadelphia to report on Wentz’s debut. He covered the game and talked to Wentz and Wentz’s dad. But he also did a story about Philly fans, wandering the Lincoln Financial Field parking lot before the Stony Brook-Temple game on Saturday to get the mood of the city.

Being a journalist in this city for half my life, I’ve done the “talk to tailgating fans in the parking lot” story about 10 times. It’s awful. People don’t want to talk at all or want to talk too much. They are drunk. They might even be angry and amped up for the game. But McFeely did a pretty good job with it! His story, “Eagles blue-collar fans (expletive) love QB Wentz,” has some great moments: Read more »

Ben Simmons Eats a Dalessandro’s Cheesesteak on Fallon

Ben Simmons and Jimmy Fallon eat a Dalessandro's cheesesteak on the set of The Tonight Show

Ben Simmons, the presumptive first pick in tomorrow’s NBA draft, got a taste of what Philly might (will) be like if (when) the Sixers select him. Simmons dug into a Delassandro’s cheesesteak with host Jimmy Fallon (a known Dalessandro’s fan) on the Tonight Show last night.

As everyone knows, Philly’s most famous musical export The Roots are the house band on Fallon’s show. Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, the drummer and bandleader for The Roots posted a selfie with Simmons on Instagram yesterday, captioned “So… welcome to Philadelphia or nah?” with a slew of quintessential Philly hashtags (#hoagies; #Cheesesteaks; #Krimpets).

When asked about where he will end up, Simmons said that we’ll find out on Thursday, despite a prompting drum roll from Questlove. That being said, reports surfaced yesterday that the Sixers alerted Simmons that he will be their first pick. He worked out for the team this week, and posted a pic on Instagram with injured center Joel Embiid. Another picture was simply captioned “Trust the process.”

Watch the full interview below: