Video gambling cafe proposed for FRG

FOX RIVER GROVE – A video gambling cafe is being proposed for the village.

Dotty's Cafe wants to open a 1,500 square-foot location at 902 Northwest Highway. Before formally applying for a video gambling license from the state, it needs to have a liquor license from the village.

The Village Board is scheduled to vote on whether to create a liquor license to accommodate Dotty's at its meeting on Thursday.

After obtaining a liquor license, Dotty's will formally apply for a video gambling license from the state, said James Lang, director of Government Relations for Dotty's.

Lang said how long it would take to have its video gambling license approved would depend on how many other applications are pending. The location would have the maximum five video gambling terminals allowed.

While waiting for its video gambling license for the Fox River Grove location, Dotty's plans to start construction, which could take three to six months, Lang said.

Building out the new location, would be a "six-figure investment," Lang said, but he would not be specific.

There would be eight to nine employees at the location, with two to three employees on each shift, Lang said. The location would be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The average customer stays for about 30 minutes, Lang said. There are two main audiences that the chain attracts: people who come in for a quick bite to eat and grab coffee, and may gamble; and those who want a nice place to meet.

Dotty's currently has 23 locations around the state, mostly in the Chicago area.

The cafes offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, with food prepared on site, Lang said.

The menu includes chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, breakfast burritos, bagels, breakfast sandwiches, mozzarella sticks, among other things.

To attend

What: Fox River Grove Village Board

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Village Hall, 305 Illinois St.

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