KEENE, N.H. — Keene officials approved a restaurant sign that initially was removed over concerns that it sounded like profanity.

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The name of the Vietnamese restaurant in a public building next to City Hall in Keene is a play on a type of soup, which is spelled P-H-O but is pronounced ‘‘fuh.’’ The restaurant calls itself by the name of the soup, followed by the words ‘‘Keene Great.’’ It’s scheduled to open March 1.

City Manager Elizabeth Dragon said in an e-mail the sign was approved Friday and is in compliance. She said no one had submitted written permission to put up any sign until Jan. 4.


‘‘We are leaving it up to the community to decide what they think of the sign and how they interpret it,” Dragon said.