Yet some members were not convinced that the popular bar is a good place for an OTB parlor. The problem, board member James Gallagher said, is that "they'll want to keep going into more and more restaurants. And soon it won't stop with horse racing. Slowly, all this gambling becomes a part of our culture. We'll wake up one day to find that it's everywhere."
We should be so lucky, a chorus of OTB officials answers. The agency constantly is looking for new restaurant clients, but doesn't always get a friendly response. Cornstein initially tried to lure the famed 21, but owners said no dice, in part because of OTB's image. Officials now focus on more modest establishments.