Chink’s Steaks changes ‘disparaging’ name to Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop
Joe Groh, who inherited the then 50-year-old name when he purchased the steak shop in 1999, said he didn’t change the name originally because of sentimental value.
“Chink’s was a local institution named after the original owner’s childhood nickname,” Groh said in a news release. “We did not associate it with the racial slur … Chink was a neighborhood celebrity and at the time I wanted to accommodate our customers by keeping everything the same. Even the name.”
Groh said he is “doing his best to accommodate his ever-growing customer base.”
“It is very important to me, my family and the entire staff that we no longer inadvertently alienate anyone in the Philly community. We are very excited to move forward under the new name, Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop,” he said in the release.
Groh said the new name fits the Northeast Philly staple, at 6030 Torresdale Ave., as the shop has sold hand-crafted sodas, milkshakes and egg creams since its inception in 1949.