‘Pho Keene Great’ gets approval after dispute over name


KEENE, New Hampshire (WAVY) — Friday brought “great” news for many who’ve shown support for an embattled soon-to-open Vietnamese restaurant in the city of Keene, New Hampshire. 

Following concerns that the city wouldn’t allow the proposed name of “Pho Keene Great,” citing concerns that some found the name offensive, the city finally announced it’s granted its approval, according to New Hampshire Public Radio

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City Manager Elizabeth Dragon had said earlier this month that the city was considering not allowing the name, which is a play off the Vietnamese dish pho and the city’s name, because it was intended to sound like profanity.

But on Friday, a relenting Dragon wrote one of the restaurant’s owners, “We are excited to have a new restaurant open in the community.” 

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