Homer Glen turns down coffee shop that would have offered gambling
BY MICHELLE MULLINS Correspondent June 13, 2014 9:10PM
Updated: July 17, 2014 11:10AM
The Homer Glen Village Board on Tuesday rejected plans for a coffee shop that wanted to come into town, acquire a liquor license and install video gambling machines.
Trustees voted unanimously against a request from Java Jills, which planned to open the shop at 14909-14911 S. Founders Crossing.
Don Thatcher, who represented Java Jills, told the board that it does both coffee and gambling well at its locations.
Under Illinois law, any business that wants to operate video gambling also must have a liquor license, and Java Jills sought one and wanted to be allowed to close at midnight from Sundays through Thursdays and 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Homer Glen recently amended its liquor ordinances to require a business to occupy a minimum of 1,500 square feet and be a site where food is being prepared and served on premise and a full menu is offered.
While Java Jills was proposing to lease a 2,400-square-foot space, it was only offering muffins, pastries and four types of precooked chicken pita bread sandwiches, which village officials said is not enough for it to constitute a restaurant.
Java Jills has Illinois locations in Elwood, Minooka and Yorkville. The city of Elgin earlier this year rejected plans for Java Jills to build there.
Homer Glen resident Dennis Gerwing, who spoke before the vote was taken, said he is against businesses such as Java Jills that are seeking liquor licenses to install gambling machines.
He said he understood that when Homer Glen approved video gambling that the move would protect the village’s established restaurants and sports bars from losing customers to other communities. But the village should stop these “mini-casinos” from setting up shop in town, Gerwing said.