By Michelle Mass | September 29, 2016 | Food & Drink
In honor of Geno's Steaks 50th anniversary, we give you 11 fun facts about the beloved Philly establishment.
Locals and visitors alike will always associate cheesesteaks with Philly—and there's no establishment better known to serve up the delicious bite than Geno's Steaks. To honor their 50th anniversary on Oct. 1, the eatery will host a star-studded, carnival-themed event to thank the City of Brotherly Love and its customers for their unwavering support over the years.
With notable locals like Marc Summers, Mayor Jim Kenney, and Councilman Mark Squilla expected to attend, and live performances from the likes of Go Go Gadjet and DJ Perry, this is one event you can't miss. Before the celebratory affair, see just how well you know Geno's Steaks.
1. Founder Joey Vento named his son, Geno, after the shop. It's not the other way around.
2. Manager Jimmy Reds has been with the establishment for 43 continuous years.
3. The eatery is open 363 days of the year, closing only for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
4. There's a celebrity booth located inside the shop where stars are invited to come in to relax and enjoy their favorite Philly cheesesteaks.
5. Unless you're Britney Spears, the celebrity booth is one of the most coveted tables in Philadelphia!
6. In addition to their signature cheesesteaks, Geno’s also serves roast pork and Italian hoagies—and they plan to bring back an old favorite: the meatball sandwich.
7. Geno’s Steaks is one of the only restaurants in the country that serves both Coke and Pepsi products.
8. When the shop opened in 1966, the back area of the restaurant was used as a live chicken shop.
9. Unlike other restos, Geno's Steaks doesn’t chop their thinly-sliced rib-eye meat before putting it on their fresh, oven-baked rolls.
10. With so many options to choose from, the number one bestseller at Geno’s Steaks remains to be the "Whiz With."
11. In the mood for pizza more than cheesesteaks? Geno’s can help you out with the Milano, which is topped with fried tomatoes and oregano.
photography via facebook.com/genossteaks