Tacony Hopes Fresh Face-Lift Lures Flocks Of Folks

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SCOTT DeGIRALOMO, owner of Computer Guy on Torresdale Avenue near Disston, said he’s very happy with the new, huge “Computer Guy” letters that light up in cool blue across the former Tacony post office that now houses his high-tech services business.

“They replaced my hanging disaster of an old sign outside that was about to fall and crush somebody,” DeGiralomo said dryly.

Like Bull’s Eye Dart Supplies next door, Computer Guy is one of 15 businesses along Torresdale Avenue that got a major face-lift, thanks to the Tacony Community Development Corp. and its business corridor manager, Alex Balloon.

“Alex is our general and our cheerleader,” DeGiralomo said, smiling. “I see him marching around here, talking up Tacony’s positives to store owners until he rah-rahs us into being a team.

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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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