Owner Of Chink’s Steaks Yields To Pressure, Will Change Shop Name

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To a steak shop in Philadelphia‘s Wissinoming section that remains pretty much as it was when it opened 64 years ago, big change is coming Monday.

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.

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