Kankakee creates new liquor license for video gaming cafes

KANKAKEE – In an effort to stay aware of the most recent pattern in betting, the Kankakee City Council endorsed a new liquor control license arrangement – Class V, as in video gaming.

At Tuesday’s city chamber meeting, the action was put on first perusing and the last vote will occur March 7.

As it at present peruses, the license for video gaming cafes – areas for which the “essential or significant business center is video gaming,” meaning the help of liquor and food is coincidental to the activity of the gaming terminals – will be restricted to six.

The expense to license a gaming bistro yearly is additionally the most costly at $3,750, multiple times the $1,250 charge for bars and parlors.

The city as of now has four licensed video gaming cafes, yet in a commonsense way, it has six such areas, noted second Ward Alderman David Baron, a main driver of restricting gaming cafes.

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What the last form of the mandate will be is obscure as the chamber will have a potential chance to say something regarding the matter when it comes up for conclusive vote.

Nobleman accepts the law will be embraced on its second perusing in its present form.

“I accept this is a decent advance, a move in the correct course,” Baron said.

He said there is essentially no proof that upholds the case video cafes lead to additional monetary turn of events.

Some gathering individuals have expressed the statute ought to take into consideration something like one video bistro in every one of the city’s seven wards. Noble said the expense cash the city gets from gaming all goes into the overall asset with the goal that contention doesn’t stand any kind of test.

“This is certifiably not a monetary driver,” he said.

The city’s four license gaming cafes are: Shelby’s, 4 Meadowview Center; Station Street Gaming Cafe, 150 E. Station St.; Lacey’s Place, 503 RiverStone Parkway; and Amar Market, 1620 E. Maple St.

The city gathering’s License and Franchise Committee additionally noted there are two different areas, Winnie’s, 1450 N. Hobbie Ave., and the proposed Ricky Rockets Fuel Center, along East Court Street, which can likewise be viewed as gaming cafes.

Alderwoman Cherry Malone Marshall, D-1, has lobbied for the city to permit seven gaming cafes, one for each ward. She noted Wednesday that she doesn’t completely accept that she has the help to get that change made to the statute.

She noted she won’t uphold the statute in its present form.

“It would be quite reasonable to have the chance for one gaming bistro in each ward,” she said. “I figure the statute will pass, however it will not be consistent.”

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