Restaurant in NH removes sign after city’s concerns over name

I got a chuckle out of this.

It’s not the greatest name for a restaurant but sure is a great way to get free PR.

From MyFoxChicago: But what are they going to do with all the T-shirts they made up? The owner of a soon-to-be-opening French-Vietnamese restaurant in New Hampshire is set to meet with the city manager of Keene following concerns that the eatery’s name sounds like a profane phrase.

Pho Keene Great, which is not scheduled to open until March, had already displayed a small sign prominently featuring the name, which is a play on both the Vietnamese dish pho (pronounced “fuh”) and the name of the town (Keene).

City Manager Elizabeth Dragon said the owner, Isabelle Jolie, hadn’t gotten permission to hang a sign displaying the outside the restaurant. Jolie has since had it removed.

The restaurant’s Facebook page has also been polling social media users, asking if they think the name of the restaurant is offensive.

“The issue is pending a meeting with the city manager and her team,” the restaurant wrote in its post, which found that 97 percent of respondents found the name to be “fun” rather than offensive.

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Dr. Eowyn
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Lighten up, City Manager Elizabeth Dragon.
Chicago has way, way bigger problems than that restaurant sign.

Jackie Puppet
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Jackie Puppet

I bet all the T-shirts the ymade will sell out quickly – I’d get one myself if they made them in sizes large enough for me.

If there were an actual furniture franchise called Sofa King (an SNL parody), they probably couldn’t do business in Keene either.

Melinda McClure
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Melinda McClure

One is a clever play on words, this one I’m not so sure about -https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/us-trademark-law-clothing-line-fuct-goes-to-us-supreme-court-in-vulgar-trademarks-case-1972939

Charles H Slate
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Charles H Slate

There was some sort of store or organization in NYC a few years ago that made it into the national news because its name included ( in large, neon letters ) the ersatz word FUKC.

Jurist
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Jurist

There’s already a chain of restaurants going back years called Pho King.

Statistically, Asians are the least likely of all American residents to believe in God. It was around 9% ten years ago.

TrailDust
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Pho Keene funny story, DCG!

The_Dr_Is_Real_In
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The_Dr_Is_Real_In

Here in Mission Viejo, CA, we have a Vietnamese restaurant with an even better name: “Pho King Way”… No PKW! Yes! Really.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Korean Airlines pilot; “Wi Tu Lo”.

Steven Broiles
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Likewise the name Fuk, which is pronounced “Fook,” which has many Orientals who have that name spell it with the double-O.

Hey, as long as it’s not named after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez!

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

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truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

I don’t see what the Pho Keene problem is….