Franklin recognizes Asian-Jewish fusion restaurant that reflects city’s evolution


Posted: 06/28/2022 16:59:46

When you run one of the most unusual restaurants in the area, with an Asian-Jewish-Hungarian fusion menu, you’re ready to serve up everything from bone broth mushrooms to pork belly bao bun. . Every once in a while, Miriam Kovacs goes completely off the rails.

“Sometimes I incorporate Velveeta!” said Kovacs, who opened the Broken Spoon restaurant in Franklin in November 2020 in the face of the pandemic. “Hey, kiss everything! Our country is a melting pot of cultures… why not? It’s American food.

Broken Spoon will get a late grand opening on Wednesday, June 29 at 11 a.m., celebrating it as part of the changes sweeping downtown Franklin. Kovacs said she was happy for the ceremony as it will give her a photo to send to her mother, but does not anticipate any changes.

Broken Spoon is take-out only due to difficulty finding staff as well as concerns over the lingering pandemic. “COVID is still very present. I can’t afford to have COVID here, my whole business would collapse,” Kovacs said.

Both chef and owner, Kovacs is a first-generation American. her mother is from Sri Lanka and her father is a Hungarian Jew. She grew up with the culinary traditions of many places which she incorporated into the menu at Broken Spoon, which includes pork belly in various forms, steamed buns called bao, meat skewers of many types and bowls of ramen with ingredients like seaweed chiffonade and marinated wild mushrooms. . He even has an unusual take on this all-American peanut butter and jelly meal.

Kovacs, who has a history as a cook and chef, including studies at the Culinary Institute of America, came to Franklin from New Jersey for personal reasons and stayed in part because it was affordable. She had drawn up plans for a restaurant and jumped at the chance to move into a former restaurant space at 416 Central St. This allowed Broken Spoon to open, she said, because there was already a hood system installed, saving several thousand dollars in opening costs.

Kovacs said business was “steady and growing,” perhaps fueled by people’s desire for something new after the stresses of the pandemic. “People come here from all over,” she said.

The Broken Spoon is one of many new businesses that have opened or are planning to open soon in Franklin, spurred in large part by the attention to Mill City Park, New England’s first public whitewater park. on the Winnipesaukee River.

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