It may be one of the most aggressive business initiatives in Illinois in years. When the state legislature approved video gaming it opened the door to a brand new business.
Dotty’s is a café with great success in Nevada and Oregon. The company’s president is now bringing the idea here to Illinois, planning to open 150 locations in the next few years.
Dotty’s will serve beer and wine and include five video gaming machines in each location.
So far, 15 stores are ready to open, another 20 are under construction and another 25 are in negotiations.
The plan isn’t being received with open arms by the organization Stop Predatory Gambling. Spokesperson Les Bernal says, “You couldn’t design another business to make your local neighborhoods less wealthy than by bringing in a Dotty’s.” He fears what it will do to local neighborhoods.
Meanwhile, the real estate market is welcoming the idea and so are many municipalities. One Dotty’s can generate $20,000 in tax revenue.
None of the cafes would be located in Chicago since video gaming is not allowed in the city.