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In case you missed last week's "Remember When?," I asked readers if they remembered Peter Pan's Chicken, which used to be located on Pawtucket Boulevard in Lowell. I also stated that I didn't know why the establishment was named Peter Pan. After it was published, I received an email from local dentist Chuck Kokinos, who gave me some background on Peter Pan Restaurant and its owner, Pete George.

According to Kokinos, who said he was an old friend of George, Peter Pan's chicken was named after George. He said George gave "people its first introduction to free outdoor movies, and he would sell hamburgers, hot dogs and his well-known Pete's potato chips. Brilliant man.

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" George later opened another establishment next door to RKO Keith's Theater on Bridge Street (near where Kerouac Park is today), where he introduced broasted chicken and changed the name to Peter Pan.

In searching deeper into The Sun's archives for Pete George's name, I found this article from 1932 about a restaurant on the boulevard known as "Pete's Tea Room," which, according to the article, was also managed by George in 1932.

Whether it's the same location as Peter Pan Chicken is uncertain, but both establishments were on the boulevard and owned by Peter George.

Also according to that article, Pete's Tea Room "is where everybody meets," had a great dance floor, comfortable environment, and was a "popular favorite with the younger set" who came from all over, including New Hampshire.


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The Tea Room also had five "attractive young ladies" who were "ever-ready to offer ... perfection in service," and an immaculate kitchen that had all the "latest modern apparatus."

The article goes on to state: "Mr. George was a well-known prominent member of the Greek community" who has made countless friends who are "pleased with him in the success."