Friday, March 15, 2013

Where I learned to make Philly Steak Sandwiches

Golden Wheel-In ... Where I earned 85¢/hr!

This cowboy rode proudly atop the roof of a place that was originally called "Cottman Drive-In" and later renamed Golden Wheel-In.  In the neighborhood we just called it "The Custard Stand".  Located at the corner of the Philadelphia street where I grew up, they opened in the spring of each year, and closed shortly after labor day.
Half of the premises was devoted to selling frozen custard (what we now call soft ice cream); I worked mostly at the other end as a grill man.  Those skills come in handy ... the best place to get a Philly Steak Sandwich in San Diego is from my own kitchen!

My friend Neil sent this photo, saying it was found on the Internet.  I was surprised to discover that Bruce Clark, a nostalgic co-worker, has created a website devoted to our old employer.  The Golden Wheel In - Cottman and Large, Philadelphia PA
Frankly, I had long-ago forgotten about my work experiences there.  Bruce's photos and descriptions brought back a lot of memories.  I've sent an email to the address on ... hope it finds its way to Bruce.

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