Restaurant removes sign following city's concerns over name

Marco Green
January 5, 2019

The name of the Vietnamese restaurant in a public building next to City Hall in Keene is a play on a type of soup, which is spelled P-H-O, but is pronounced "fuh".

The French-Vietnamese restaurant is not scheduled to open until March 1 but City Manager Elizabeth Dragon is already ordering owner Isabelle Jolie to remove the sign.

City Manager Elizabeth Dragon expressed concern the name sounds like profanity.

"Her lease has restrictions which were negotiated with her and her attorney". "Since (the owner) hasn't done that, she was asked to take the sign down and set up a meeting with the city to discuss further".

A city in New Hampshire is not too keen on the name of a new pho restaurant that is meant to be a play on words.

Dragon noted that she wished Jolie all the success with her business but told New Hampshire Public Radio that she had to "strike a balance".

"We liked the name because it's lighthearted and fun", the restaurant wrote in a Facebook post. "This media coverage is premature since we have yet to receive a request or permit for any sign".

"Please note", she continued.

In December, a university restaurant in Clemson, South Carolina, sparked outrage after using a sign many considered to be offensive to promote a chicken sandwich named after the Mexican border city of Tijuana.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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