McHenry City Council seeks to define gambling cafe, parlor guidelines

December 5, 2023
By
Leer en Español

The city recently gave a gaming license to Shelly's Corned Beef.

Though the McHenry City Council has voted in the past not to allow gambling cafes or parlors within city limits, the group is now taking steps to define what constitutes a gambling café, according to a recent Daily Herald news report.

The Chicago suburb has considered this question for the past seven years, City Administrator Derik Morefield told local news.

The topic of discussion resurfaced shortly after Shelly's Corned Beef was denied a gaming license last spring. The business applied for both a liquor and gambling license and was only approved for the former.

Shelly’s Corned Beef approached the city council for the second time last month.

The eatery’s concept is based on Chicago’s The Corned Beef Factory and would “pair sandwiches with beers from local breweries,” according to the local report. Shelly's recently remodeled the restaurant, which now can seat between 24 and 30 people, plus another six at its bar.

Because of a licensing agreement with The Corned Beef Factory, the restaurant chain said it would not allow Shelly’s to use its concept apart from a gaming license, the local report said.

Shelly’s owners discussed this condition with the city council during the November meeting. As a result, the council approved Shelly’s request for a gaming license by a 6 to 1 vote.

In other local news, complaints from unsuccessful bidders involved in gaining Chicago casino licensing have led to an alleged investigation into how Bally’s obtained the license, according to Crain’s Chicago and TheRealDeal local reports.

Both the US Attorney’s Office and the Chicago Inspector General Deborah Witzburg are said to be looking into the process Bally’s used to gain casino licensing.

Neither group has responded to local news requests for comment.

State-by-State

Product Spotlight

Konami

Things get unruly in the company of some fleecy characters in the new Konami Gaming’s new Unwooly Riches slot series.
GA HUDDLE #089

Brian Uran - AI has shown casinos new ways to think about business

GA HUDDLE #088

Adam Wexler: PrizePicks almost went out of business during Covid - but now...

Roughly six years after speaking to Gambling Insider as an upcoming start-up, PrizePicks CEO Adam Wexler joins the Huddle to reflect on huge growth since - which almost ground to a halt during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We cover:

- Entrepreneurship, regulatory changes and the pandemic

- Offering a different customer experience and differentiating by product

- Fantasy sports being strong enough without sports betting

- Barriers to entry in the fantasy market

- Opposition from FanDuel and DraftKings

- Targets, plans and the Philippines

- US markets and the future of fantasy


Five years ago, before the mass proliferation of social media we see today – and even before the Covid-19 pandemic – I think you would be hard pressed to find a CEO talking about “Instagrammable moments.” KPIs w...

gga
The Global Gaming Awards: Looking ahead to 2024's ceremonies.
After more than a decade of celebrating gaming's best, Gaming America looks ahead to a bright 2024 for the Global Gaming Awards in the Americas and Asia-Pacific.
GA
From the top: The Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention
Tribal gaming is a uniquely American institution and all its uncommon attributes were on display this April at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention in Anaheim, California.
terre
Review: Terre Haute Casino Resort and Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
Terre Haute Casino Resort vs. Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Gaming America's Laura Mack reviews each property.
andrew
Eureka Casino interview: CEO Andre Carrier on resort expansion
We spoke with returning guest, CEO Andre Carrier, about Eureka Casino Resort's expansion. He aims to not only change the look and feel of the casino, but to also build residential housing around it.