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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Nick’s Old Original Roast Beef
A sandwich may be a humble thing, but these three sandwich shops are really going places. Nick’s Old Original Roast Beef (locations in Springfield and South Philadelphia) is opening in West Chester, Tony Luke’s is expanding into Manayunk, and Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop is looking at a March opening for its Fishtown location.
According to West Chester Dish, Nick’s Roast Beef is slated to open on Monday, Februaary 23rd. The new location will be at 1215 West Chester Pike.
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We’ve been watching the progress of the new Joe’s Steaks location in Fishtown (Frankford and Girard) for quite some time now. Today we were rewarded by seeing the new sign go up–a sure, well, sign that things are progressing nicely.
There’s no opening date announced yet, but we do know that they’re doing walkthroughs next week, and are already planning the grand opening festivities–all of which means that the big day can’t be far off.
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Joe’s Steaks at Girard and Frankford.
Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop’s new location at Frankford and Girard was announced back in May and work has finally begun to convert the old Acropolis Diner into a cheesesteak emporium. Pictured are several shots of the exterior and interior being overhauled.
Despite the current look, owner Joe Groh is still aiming for a mid-December opening.
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Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop (formerly Chink’s) is adding a location in Fishtown. The new Joe’s Steaks will be located at the corner of Frankford and Girard Avenues, in the long vacant Acropolis Diner. The new location will have seating for 50-60 guests and will offer an expanded pickle and pepper bar. A grill in the front window will mirror the original shop’s layout. Owner, Joe Groh says “this move was inevitable for the continued success of the restaurant.” Groh hopes “the larger space and vibrant location will create a whole new generation of Joe’s lovers.”
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Get Fette Sau brisket for your Super Bowl Party.
It’s a six-pack of ways to amp up your Super Bowl party with special takeout offers from Philadelphia restaurants.
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Alan Richman, GQ Food editor and Philadelphia native has ranked his ten favorite Philadelphia cheesesteaks. In a single day, Richman and his crew of cheesesteak eaters managed to try 23-steaks and ranked the top-ten steak sandwiches in order.
There are plenty of zingers and a top-ten list that will be sure to be criticized. Unfortunately we don’t know which places he went to that didn’t make the list.
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Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop, which saw a successful “eat-in” last Saturday has another one scheduled for tomorrow. Looking for another way to support Joe’s Steaks which has been receiving some backlash for changing its name from Chink’s? On Sunday, South Street’s Jet Wine Bar will be doing an odd but fun collaboration with the Northeast Philly cheesesteak shop. Joe’s will be serving up a three-course dinner of beef and chicken cheeesesteaks with cupcakes for dessert. Each course will be paired with wines chosen by Jet Wine Bar owner, Jill Weber.
The three-course dinner is just $18 and tickets must be purchased in advance.
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On Monday, Stu Bykofsky reported for the Daily News that Joe’s Steaks (formerly Chink’s) had taken a hit in business since dropping the name based on a racial slur. Old regulars are boycotting owner Joe Groh over the name change and some who do go, can’t help but show their disdain. Groh and his staff have even had to deal with graffiti attempting to reestablish the old name (see above).
All of this strikes the Philly Post’s Joel Mathis as preposterous, so he’s planning an eat-in for this Saturday at the Northeast Philadelphia steak shop. See the Facebook event for details.
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Joe’s Steaks [Official Site]