Two Tinley Park businesses to get video gambling
By Mike Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org March 4, 2014 10:08PM
Durbin's restaurant in Tinley Park has received state approval to offer video gambling and could get clearance from the village to install gambling terminals in about a week. | Mike Nolan~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 6, 2014 6:36AM
Two Tinley Park businesses have received state approval to install video gambling machines, while 13 other applications are pending with the Illinois Gaming Board.
Durbin’s Restaurant and Lounge, 17265 Oak Park Ave., and Nick’s Barbecue, 16638 Oak Park Ave., were approved by the gaming board at its Feb. 26 meeting.
They also need village approval. Durbin’s has filed its application with Tinley Park, which could approve it sometime next week, Mike Mertens, the village’s interim village manager, said Tuesday. Nick’s had not filed a village application as of Tuesday.
Eleven other businesses and two nonprofit groups in the village also are seeking licenses to offer video gambling.
After initially prohibiting video gambling in town, Tinley Park trustees in January approved an ordinance allowing it. Under state law, a restaurant, bar or fraternal organization that’s licensed to allow liquor consumption on its premises can install up to five gambling machines. They will pay Tinley Park an annual license fee of $1,000 per machine.
There are 53 such liquor licenses in Tinley Park, but village officials don’t expect all of them to line up for video gambling. Officials conservatively estimate that the village could receive between $180,000 and $300,000 in revenue annually from video gambling.
Other liquor license holders with applications pending with the state gaming board are Bailey’s Bar and Grill, Boston’s Gourmet Pizza, Cuzin’s Pub, Dragon Palace, Fajitas Mexican Restaurant, Harald Viking Lodge, J.W. Hollstein’s Saloon, Intimo, Luby’s Pub & Steakhouse, Old Tinley Pub & Eatery, Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant, Veterans of Foreign Wars Bremen Post 2791 and Vito & Nick’s II.