Joey Vento, owner of Genos steaks, will go and face the PC police in Philadelphia city government today.
The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations will hold a public hearing Friday to address a controversial sign at the popular Geno’s Steaks that has gained national attention.
The hearing was scheduled after allegations were made accusing Geno’s Steaks of discrimination for posting a sign that reads: “This is America. When ordering speak English.”
Geno’s owner Joey Vento said it is “free speech.”
“Since we have a little problem in the country with the language, it is also telling people at Geno’s Steaks, all we speak is English,” Vento said.
I think it’s free speech too, and I’m pretty sure the guys that operate Pats and Genos treat everyone equally bad. It’s part of the experience.
“Individuals who operate in a place of public accommodation cannot post signage or express messages that might have the resulting affect of making any group, any ethnicity, and any national origin person feel unwelcome,” said Nick Taliaferro, Human Relations Commission.
Philadelphia wants ot be a speech-free zone, rather than a free-speech zone. I’m not surprised.
UPDATE: Eugene Volokh weighs in on the legal front.