When it comes to video gambling bars and restaurants are not the only places for people to play. Loves Park has several recent examples as a couple of unique business that are adding games to the mix.
You usually head to Sonco Pools and Spas for, well, your pool. But in the last year the business also began offering something else video gaming and alcohol. In the State of Illinois you have to get a liquor license to get a gaming license. So businesses that traditionally do not serve alcohol like Loves Park Scuba and Snorkel are joining in so they can add gambling.
"It is a little strange to begin with but understand it's a new concept in Illinois and you can't blame them for checking out those avenues of financial gain," says Mayor Darryl Lindberg who is also the city's Liquor Commissioner.
Loves Park Scuba and Snorkel originally applied for a class F license, more like a boutique license for video gaming but then the Mayor of Loves Park says they wanted their concept to get even bigger.
"I think his concept is he wanted to have a Caribbean-type bar where they could serve specialty drinks," says Lindberg.
Despite the unique location, Sonco Pools has had video gambling for about a year. The mayor says so far gaming is paying off not just for the businesses but the city. In October, Loves Park got about $30-thousand from its share of the revenue and has made $260-thousand over the last year. So he's not surprised other businesses are looking to join in.
"Quite frankly video gaming has been a good source of revenue for these businesses so good for them," says Lindberg.
City council members still have to approve Loves Park Scuba and Snorkel's liquor license. That vote will happen Monday.
Our media partner's at the Rockford Register Star plan an in-depth look at the scuba business's expansion in this Sunday's paper.
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