Kelly's Kitchen Replaces Pookie's
The new owner of the restaurant formerly known as Pookie's on Bristol road changed the name to Kelly's Kitchen.
Kelly's Kitchen is the new name of the Bristol restaurant formerly known as Pookie's.
The owner, Bud Jones, had originally planned on keeping the name, but told Patch he decided to change the restaurant's name after receiving some feedback from customers.
"I was going to try to do that, but we found out bad vibration associations with the name," Jones said. "I hate to throw that out there."
Jones said that customers told him they thought the restaurant had been reopened by the previous owner, Kent Boyer, and that was negatively affecting business. The restaurant, at 2363 Bristol Road, closed in November 2012 because "it just didn't do enough business," Boyer said.
After brainstorming names, Jones settled on Kelly's Kitchen. The restaurant is now named after his daughter who does the accounting and bookwork for the restaurant, and two other restaurants that the Jones family owns.
"She's the heir to the throne," Jones said, adding that it made it a natural choice.
One Bensalem resident didn't seem to care about the name change as she exited the restaurant with only her recent meal on her mind.
"Excellent food," Michelle Kaiser said. "Just excellent."
Jones, who is from Feasterville, re-opened the restaurant on Dec. 6 in the Village Center on Bristol Road.