First Applications In For Mount Prospect Video Gaming – Journal & Topics Newspapers Online

Four Mount Prospect restaurant owners were the first from the village to submit applications to the Illinois Gaming Board to install video gaming terminals inside their establishments.

As of Tuesday, Sept. 4, according to the Illinois Gaming Board, the first four were: Moretti’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, 1799 S. Busse Rd.; Mr. Beef & Pizza, 1796 Elmhurst Rd.; Paps Bar & Grill, 1904 S. Elmhurst Rd.; and Sam’s Place, 15 W. Prospect Ave.

Village trustees Aug. 21 approved video gambling in the village to help restaurant owners generate additional revenue. Only establishments where alcoholic beverages are drawn, poured, or otherwise served for consumption on premise are permitted to have a maximum of five video gaming terminals.

Mr. Beef & Pizza owner Rich Rubel said he applied for the license as a way to generate extra income.

“Since everyone else will have it, we don’t want to give others down the street an advantage,” Rubel said. “I don’t think it will be a huge boost to the business, but an added supplement, and maybe it will keep some of our customers here longer and attract a few new ones.”

Rubel said he was told it would take a few months to complete the application process, but is hopeful to install 4-5 terminals before Christmas.

George Pappas, owner of Paps, is looking to install the maximum five terminals allowed by the state. He said the main reason he applied was because customers have said they want some type of entertainment at Paps, and are instead going to other locations that allow video gaming. He is hopeful this will bring additional revenue to his restaurant.

Sam’s Place owner Al Marinakos is applying for three terminals since he said that’s all he has room for. 

“We need the money and cash,” Marinakos said, adding he

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