Homer Glen approves Dotty’s Cafe for video gambling
By Michelle Mullins Correspondent October 14, 2013 9:30PM
Updated: November 16, 2013 6:23AM
The village of Homer Glen has approved plans for a Dotty’s Café to open its chain of country-style cafes with video gambling terminals in town.
The village board has approved a plan to grant a liquor license to Dotty’s Café, which plans to lease a 1,350-square-foot space at 14041 S. Bell Road.
Dotty’s Café, which has plans to build across Illinois with the expansion of video gambling, is designed to cater to women 35-years and older in a homey, Grandma’s-kitchen style atmosphere. The café offers breakfast, snacks, sandwiches, soup and salad along with beer and wine only. The café has a four-drink maximum.
Village officials said the business must obtain a gambling license from the state of Illinois. The Homer Glen Village Board approved video gambling in May.
Some residents last Tuesday said they were against the Dotty’s Café because they don’t want video gambling in town, saying it will lead to an increase in crime and safety problems. They also didn’t want the village’s main commercial corridors to have business after business offering gambling.
Mayor Jim Daley said the village waited a year to enact video gambling in town in order to see what other communities experienced. He said he does not anticipate any safety problems that would come from Dotty’s Café.
The plan will also bring more tax dollars to Homer Glen while filling a long-vacant space, he said.
“I support economic development,” Daley said. “This is filling a space that has been vacant for five years.”