EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

New Hampshire

April 3, 2013

N.H. restaurateurs back casino bill

A Senate bill to license a casino in New Hampshire is getting support from owners of major Granite State restaurants.

Backers include owners of Tuscan Kitchen in Salem, the Shorty’s chain, Makris Lobster and Steak House in Concord, and the Back Room in Manchester.

“On the horizon, there is no other nonweather dependent opportunity to bring more people over the border from Massachusetts, into our region, than a casino,” Tuscan Kitchen owner Joe Faro said.

Chuck Rolecek, former owner of the Hanover Street Chophouse and C.R. Sparks restaurants, founding member of the pro-gaming Fix It Now group, also endorsed the bill.

“Casino gambling would provide significant economic development to Southern New Hampshire,” Rolecek said.

Senate Bill 152 has passed the Senate, has the backing of Gov. Maggie Hassan and is awaiting action in the House.

— John Toole

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