Restaurant sign approved after concerns it was offensive

KEENE, New Hampshire (AP) — Officials in a New Hampshire city have approved a restaurant sign that initially was removed over concerns that it sounded like profanity.

The name of the Vietnamese restaurant in a public building next to City Hall in Keene is a play on words.

It called itself by the name of a soup, which is spelled P-H-O, but is pronounced ‘fuh’, followed by the words ‘Keene Great’. It’s scheduled to open on March 1.

City Manager Elizabeth Dragon said in an email the sign was approved last Friday and is in compliance.

She said no one had submitted written permission to put up any sign until January 4.

Dragon said officials decided to let the community “decide what they think of the sign and how they interpret it”.