A New Hampshire city council is miffed by ‘Pho Keene Great’ restaurant name
People flocking to restaurant’s Facebook page to provide positive recommendations
It’s a Pho Keene Great name, first of all. But that name — posted on the front of a new Vietnamese restaurant in Keene, N.H. — has put the restaurant at odds with the city council, which deemed the restaurant’s sign offensive. (The Vietnamese soup pho is pronounced “fuh.” Say the whole name, quickly. Now you get it.)
The problem, reported New Hampshire Public Radio, is that the restaurant signed a lease for a space in Keene’s city hall. Pho Keene Great, a food truck that is slated to open a bricks-andmortar space this spring, put up a “Coming soon!” sign.
Keene’s city manager said the sign prompted complaints and violated the terms of the lease, which specified that tenants must ask for permission to post signage. The manager requested that the sign be taken down, and the restaurant complied.
The story went viral spreading beyond Keene and escalating the debate.
The controversy has certainly put this small-city Vietnamese restaurant on the map. It has not yet opened, but people have flocked to its Facebook page to recommend it.
“The only thing Keene needs more than a great Pho place is a sense of humor,” one commenter wrote.
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Keene, N.H. isn’t the only place with a funnily named pho eatery. What the Pho food truck roams Washington, D.C. and Thornton, Colo. has Pho Ever Yum.