An opposing vote from Philadelphia-based Rep. Angel Cruz sent a state House resolution honoring deceased cheesesteak king Joey Vento back to the committee yesterday.
Cruz took issue with Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s resolution honoring Vento for the “bold stand for the English language” and “legal immigration” mentioned in the resolution, Philly Weekly reports.
Vento, owner of Geno’s steaks in South Philadelphia, was known for the sign on his shop demanding customers order in English.
Some of the language in the resolution is reminiscent of Metcalf’s anti-immigration bill to cut off benefits to undocumented workers in Pennsylvania, similar to legislation passed in Arizona and Alabama.
Update, 4 p.m. Speaking of Vento, he was honored today. The Fraternal Order of Police has dedicated a plaque in his memory outside the family’s establishment.