Armand DiStefano (1912-1987), the son of Italian immigrants, grew up in a small row house in South Philadelphia. There, his father instilled in him the value of hard work and a love of opera. In his 1984 interview, DiStefano shared the story of how his father opened a record shop in 1917 and then converted it to a restaurant during the Great Depression. Today, The Victor Cafe still operates at 1303 Dickinson Street, and the wait staff still sings opera to dining patrons.
“Armand DiStefano,” Philly Immigration, accessed December 10, 2018, http://phillyimmigration.nunncenter.net/items/show/829.