Chink’s Steaks on Torresdale Avenue is taking on a new name: Joe’s Steaks & Soda Shop.
Some will consider it a long-overdue act of racial sensitivity at a business whose name – the founder’s nickname since childhood and a slur against Chinese – has drawn fire from Asian Americans. Others no doubt will protest the switch, including regulars who have griped about any shift in how things are done at the retro-1950s eatery, even the addition of french fries to the menu about four years ago.
Some might even think it’s an April Fool’s prank. But this is no joke.