Passport PHL highlights cultural smorgasbord within the city

Program encourages residents to explore city's immigrant-owned businesses

Kim Glovas
June 25, 2018 - 1:50 pm
The restaurant circuit program is part of the 2018 PHL Passport, representing Immigrant Heritage Month.

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NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In an effort to celebrate immigrant businesses, Mayor Jim Kenney toured four restaurants in Northeast Philadelphia on Monday, sampling the menus as he went along.

The restaurant circuit program, Passport PHL, is part of Immigrant Heritage Month. 

Hungry folks are encouraged to visit four restaurants in the neighborhood. Patrons receive a "passport," they get stamped each time they visit. After they have stamps from three of the locations, participants get a 10 percent discount at the fourth restaurant. 

Kenney said these locations  Pho Saigon on Bustleton Avenue, Bishos Cafe & Bakery on Cottman Avenue, Villa Brazil and Buccann, both on Castor Avenue  are just a small sample of the rich cultural smorgasbord in the city.

"Almost 80 percent of the businesses started in Philadelphia are started by immigrants," he added. "We're happy to have them."

The mayor said supporting these places is the way that Philadelphia has grown into a multicultural melting pot. 

"People come into a community and went to neighborhoods where everyone was the same, and they worked their way out of those neighborhoods and then they moved to the suburbs, some of them," he explained. "They made way for a new wave of immigrants to come, and that's what America is all about."