Greenville and Rindge to vote on adding Keno in town

  • Greenville's King House could be one of the recipients of a Keno lottery game, is the town approves the operation of the game in town in March. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Greenville's King House could be one of the recipients of a Keno lottery game, is the town approves the operation of the game in town in March. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/30/2019 1:59:01 PM

Greenville and Rindge voters will get to decide whether or not to allow the lottery game Keno 603 in town this March.

Several Monadnock towns faced the same decision last year. The approval means that restaurants and taverns that hold a liquor license could install Keno games in their establishments.

Businesses get 8 percent of the profits from the game, and a portion of the remaining revenue is directed to the state to pay for full-day kindergarten programs.

Greenville’s King House restaurant approached the town last year, interested in installing a Keno game, Greenville Town Administrator Tara Sousa said in an interview Tuesday. However, it was already past the deadline to add new articles to the March warrant at that point.

“The Select Board discussed it shortly thereafter, and decided to add it to the warrant for this year,” Sousa said.

Heather Bau, who manages King House, said owner Amy Kou wanted the game to increase business.

“The local customers want it,” Bau said. “We’ve had a lot of customers ask.”

Currently, she said, the restaurant doesn’t have any other form of gambling or lotto games.

Emily Walden, co-owner of Marcus P’s Cafe in Greenville, said the restaurant doesn’t have room for the game in their current space, but plans to expand their back room into a lounge area at some point within the next year, and would be interested in installing the game at that point. 

“We wouldn’t be looking to do it now, because we just don’t have space,” Walden said. “But we would look at it in the future.”

Rindge will also be voting on whether to allow Keno in town this year, after voters turned down a similar article last year in a narrow vote, 686 yes votes to 698 no votes. This year, its back on the warrant as a petition warrant article.

“It was close,” Rindge Selectwoman Roberta Oeser said of last year’s vote. “It’ll be interesting to see what happens this year.”

Wilton and Jaffrey both passed measures allowing Keno in their towns. There are currently three locations with Keno in Jaffrey, the American Legion Post 10, the VFW, and the Golden Wok, and one in Wilton, the American Legion Post 11.

The Rindge Select Board has not taken a vote on whether or not to recommend the Keno article this year – the board is not required to vote to recommend petition warrant articles unless they have a monetary impact. Last year, however, the board voted to recommend the article.

Last year, Oeser said, the Pizza Haven in Rindge approached the town with interest in having a Keno game at the restaurant, though Oeser said other restaurants in town had told the board they weren’t interested.

The Greenville Select Board will hold a public  hear ing on the warrant to allow the operation of Keno games within the town on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall meeting room. The snow date for the meeting will be Feb. 29 at 7 p.m.

Rindge has not yet set a date for its public hearing.

Voters will be able to vote on the issue in March.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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