Early feedback about A Different Kitchen in Milton’s Paynter’s Mill neighborhood strongly suggested that they had opened before they were ready; a common – and sometimes dangerous – mistake some resort restaurants make just before Memorial Day. Almost every email I got complained of problems. But this is not Mary Gaffney and Penny Reid’s first rodeo. They and entrepreneur Dierdre Smith wisely recognized the problems and closed for several days to get their act together. A smart move!
They are now officially open (we hope) as of the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. I hope the problems with service and ticket times are resolved, because the concept is potentially a winner.
A Different Kitchen at 16388 Paynter’s Mill Blvd. in Milton starts with an interesting tidbit: They had no idea that the former restaurant was called “The Kitchen” when they came up with the new name. “A Different Kitchen” is actually words excerpted from a 1978 song by the English punk band Buzzcocks, which I am sure Justine Zegna and Mary Gaffney can recite word for word (Hint: Remember the band Speed Queen?). The restaurant features a variety of dishes with an Asian flair.
Listen to Dierdre, Mary, Penny (and the Rehoboth Foodie) giggle their way through the Sip & Bite Show a few weeks ago on Delaware 105.9FM.
Some of you might recognize Penny from the front-of-house at Po’Boy’s Creole & Fresh Catch, and Mary from her time at Back Porch Cafe and Po’Boys too, for a while. Both these women are talented at what they do.
Restaurateur extraordinaire and good friend Justine Zegna (Venus on the Half Shell Dewey, Planet X Rehoboth, and now Blacksmith in Berlin, Md.) is in the wings, quietly guiding them toward success.