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Dotty's video gambling cafe planned for LITH

Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 2:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:16 a.m. CDT

LAKE IN THE HILLS – A second video gambling cafe is planned in town.

Dotty's, which has plans to open a location in Fox River Grove, plans to open in a 2,000-square-foot location at 144 N. Randall Road.

James Lang, the director of Government Relations for Dotty's, said the planned location is ideal as it is at the intersection of two of McHenry County's main roads.

"Algonquin and Randall doesn't get a whole lot better for accessibility and visibility," Lang said.

The strip mall also has a Pet Supplies Plus, Sherwin Williams, O'Reilly Auto Parts and a Hair Cuttery, among other businesses.

A Stella's video gambling cafe also is slated for Lake in the Hills and is scheduled to open in June, said Community Development Director Dan Olson.

Dotty's plans to make a six-figure investment in the property, Lang said. He would not be specific.

Dotty's President and CEO Dan Fischer wrote in a letter to Lake in the Hills officials that alcohol sales are not the primary focus of the business. Dotty's also offers a rotating breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack menu.

The company limits alcoholic beverages to four drinks per person, Fischer wrote.

"We have developed a concept that is an alternative to the traditional sports bar or tavern," Fischer wrote. "Our concept is warm and welcomes everyone (over the age of 21) with bright open spaces decorated with our country classic decor and feel."

Lang said the company's Lake in the Hills location plans to have five video gaming terminals, which is the maximum allowed under state law.

Dotty's currently has 23 locations around the state, mostly in the Chicago area, but anticipates growing to about 30 locations in about six months, Lang said.

Dotty's has more than 150 locations in Oregon, Montana and Nevada, as well.

As with its planned Fox River Grove location, construction on the Lake in the Hills location will take place as Dotty's waits for its state gaming permit, Lang said. Construction is expected to take three to six months.

This location would have eight to 10 employees, Lang said.

Lang said he anticipates Dotty's adding more McHenry County locations in the future after the first 30 locations are up and running. He said the company will look at area demographics and then consider possible future locations.

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