Latitudes owner Jeffrey Dagineau has been thinking about how a casino would affect his restaurant ever since Hard Rock entered the equation. “That’s probably the million dollar question. Every time you have more people come in, more people are going to come back. Whether it goes to Springfield, whether it goes to Palmer, or it comes here, it doesn’t really matter. As long as it helps the economic buildup of the area,” stated Dagineau.
Both restaurants are right across the street from the Big E, and neither are concerned about traffic backups deterring customers.
In addition, Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland details how exactly a casino would affect this entire area. “We believe that we offer a safe compound is locally up against a landfill on one side, and a river on the other. In the southeast corner it gives us insulation, and anything going on in that property is going to be reacted too. I think we offer a great location, easily accessible from the north, south, east and west.
Still, an anonymous business owner says that those who are openly supporting the casino have been threatened by those who don’t with a boycott if they vote yes on Sept. 10th.
A recent Gallup poll shows that 50% of westsiders support the casino, while 41% are against it, and 9% remain undecided.
ABC40 will have complete coverage of the referendum vote on air and online. It will be held this Tuesday, September 10th.
If approved, the proposal will then go before the Massachusetts gaming commission.
They will choose one bid between Springfield, West Springfield and Palmer.
Palmer’s vote is set for November 5th.
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