Two entrepreneurs are hoping to help breathe new life into East Dundee’s River Valley Shopping Plaza with their upscale video gambling cafe concept. T.J. Rubin and Jamie Arthurs recently opened Royals at 505 Dundee Ave., offering food, a variety of beverages, and several gaming machines.
“We thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to help revitalize the shopping center and the neighborhood,” Rubin said. “We’ve been open for about a month and gotten a lot of traffic. People seem to be warming to the concept.”
Video gambling has been a moneymaker. In August, 285 terminals were spread across 66 locations in DeKalb County, according to the Illinois Gaming Board, the agency that oversees video gambling and riverboat gambling. Bettors wagered a total of $11.6 million, losing $914,000. That $914,000 is the net terminal income, 30 percent of which goes to the state, while the remaining 70 percent is split between the machine operator and the business.
“It’s grown quicker than expected,” said Derick Ibarra, a partner in a business that operates cafés in DeKalb and Sycamore.
He said he came from the restaurant business. His family used to own Cabana Charley’s in Sycamore.
It wasn’t a deliberate shift, Ibarra said, but changes in the restaurant industry led to the cafés. He had opened a few terminals next door to the restaurant his family owned, and later, when it came time to reconcept the restaurant, he said he felt someone else could do a better job.
The July 2015 signing of Public Act 99-0046 requires alcohol servers (and those checking IDs for alcohol service) in Illinois on premise establishments to successfully complete a Beverage Alcohol Sellers/Servers Education & Training (BASSET) class every three years. As cited in the law, this mandate takes effect by a pre-determined date? based upon county population. Many local jurisdictions already require BASSET.
All Illinois counties will be expected to have certified BASSET servers by July 1, 2018. Click here to view a map which shows when alcohol servers and ID-checkers are required to be BASSET-certified by county. Expect the Illinois Liquor Commission Control (ILCC) to fully enforce this certification.
With the foodservice industry in Illinois being the largest private sector employer in the State, it’s comforting to know the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) is dedicated to promoting, protecting, educating and improving the restaurant industry and supporting its future. The IRA works to provide restaurant operators and suppliers in Illinois with valuable business services, networking opportunities, cost saving programs, and vital advocacy.
The IRA is the largest, most active resource for restaurateurs in Illinois. The IRA is advocating on behalf of restaurants on important issues such as the increase to the minimum wage and lowering the age from 21 to 18-years-old for restaurant staff to serve alcoholic beverages to customers.
IGS is a proud platinum sponsor of the IRA and looks forward to working and advocating alongside them on behalf of hard-working restaurateurs.
For the sixth year in a row IGS exhibited at the 2017 National Restaurant Association Show at McCormick Place in Chicago May 20-23! We are grateful for the opportunity to have met many restaurant and business owners and industry leaders along with seeing some familiar faces. IGS enjoys being a part of this exciting annual event!
There are upcoming changes to Cook County labor and employment laws that will go into effect July 1. As such, the Illinois Restaurant Association is hosting a conference call seminar to discuss the new laws and developments you need to know about.
Illinois Gaming Systems is a proud partner and sponsor of the IRA and is pleased to pass along the invitation to be a part of this valuable seminar. The seminar will take place Wednesday, June 7 beginning at 2 PM until 3:30 PM. If you are interested in participating, please click here to register/RSVP. Upon registering you will receive dial in information and supporting documentation.
The following laws go into effect July 1st for Cook County:
- Cook County Minimum Wage Increase to $10
- Cook County Paid Sick Leave Ordinance
- Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax (aka, soda tax)
Please be sure to RSVP online to receive the conference call information!
A La Carte: Get In The Game With Illinois Gaming Systems
New to the idea of incorporating video gaming in your establishment but not sure how to get started? Already have video gaming terminals but wondering whether you’re getting the maximum benefit from your current terminal operator? Illinois Gaming Systems (IGS) can maximize your potential no matter where you’re at with gaming in your establishment!
Most south and southwest suburbs that allow video gambling saw tax revenue generated by the machines increase last year, according to new figures from the Illinois Gaming Board. Most area communities also saw increases in the number of gambling terminals operating in their towns compared with 2015, the data show.
Statewide, 24,841 video gambling terminals were operating at the end of last year, compared with 22,135 at the end of 2015, according to the gaming board. Revenue to the state last year was $277 million, compared with $228 million in 2015.
Around the state and in the south and southwest suburbs, the amount of money put into the machines by bettors was also up. Collectively, throughout the state, customers of establishments that have the gambling terminals poured $4.2 billion into them in 2016, compared with $3.4 billion in 2015, according to the gaming board.
Add up all the video gambling machines scattered in small venues across the state — there are more than 24,000 machines, the equivalent of 20 casinos — and you’re talking real money. The amount of money left over after paying video gambling winners for the first time exceeded $1 billion in fiscal 2016. That’s a 27 percent increase, making video gambling the hot hand in Illinois’ gaming industry.
This list includes 4 IGS Locations! Betty’s Bistro – Morton Grove, Tracy’s Cafe – Carol Stream, Betty’s Bistro – Morton Grove, and Tracy’s Cafe – Winthrop Harbor.
Data from industry experts and the state of Illinois show video gaming has generated about $785 million in state and local tax revenue since the machines were legalized four years ago. The Southern Illinoisan reports that the number of establishments in Illinois that allow the machines has grown as well – with 5,600 businesses having machines.
Illinois Gaming Machine Operators Association officials say the state brings in more than $22 million a month in taxes from gaming that’s meant to support capital infrastructure projects.