Be it for their pork sandwiches, cheesesteaks or chicken cutlets, people simply love John’s Roast Pork located at the wonky intersection of Snyder and Weccacoe Ave. near Lowe’s.
Well, you’ve heard the saying, “If you love it some much, why don’t you marry it?”, right? Here’s a story that swaps marry for bury.
Michael Klein of The Insider reports that John “Butch” Gleason of Marlton, New Jersey had one final request of his family when he passed away: Put a sandwich from John’s Roast Pork in the casket.
More from Klein:
“The day I die,” said his other son, John, “promise me you’ll put one of his sandwiches in my casket.”
[John’s Roast Pork Owner John] Bucci packed one up (yes, adding lots of sharp provolone and spinach), wrote “To Butch from John Jr. RIP” in Sharpie on the wrapper, and sent Matt Gleason on his way. Matt plans to freeze it till Saturday.
The funeral for Gleason, who was a longtime basketball coach, is Saturday.
In lighter (but semi-related) news, John’s Roast Pork will extend their hours starting in March 2015, something we’re sure Gleason would have been pleased to hear. Typically closed before 3 p.m. on weekdays, John’s will now serve their legendary fare from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., six days a week.
It begs the question: What South Philly food do you love enough to want to take it with you for all eternity?