The Mount Prospect Village Board approved video gaming licenses for two restaurants at the Tuesday night (Oct. 1) board meeting.
Bar Louie, 200 E. Rand Rd., and Station 34, 34 S. Main St., were approved for a one-year-long video gaming license by the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB). Bar Louie was approved by IGB in August, with their license expiring in August 2020. Station 34 was approved in September, with their license expiring in September 2020.
Bar Louie’s proposed video gaming layout includes five gaming machines and one payment machine. To ensure persons 21 years of age and under do not have access to the gaming area, Bar Louie plans to install a permanent floor-to-ceiling partition wall which will separate the proposed gaming area from the rest of the restaurant. The partition wall will obstruct the view of the gaming area but still allow the area to be monitored by an employee at all times. According to village documents, no lights or sounds from the video gaming machines will be heard or seen outside of the proposed gaming area.
Station 34’s proposed gaming layout also includes five gaming machines and one payment machine. Station 34 will also install a permanent partition wall to separate the proposed gaming area from the remaining part of the restaurant. Unlike Bar Louie’s partition, Station 34’s partition wall will be six-feet-tall. Station 34 will also have video gaming monitoring by an employee at all times nor will there be sounds or lights audible or visible outside of the gaming area.
Station 34’s front windows on Route 83 (Main/Elmhurst) will be darkened in order to hinder vision from the outside. Station 34 is modifying the layout of the establishment’s first floor dining area to ensure the floor layout will flow well and accommodates foot traffic.
A final inspection will be performed by the village before either establishment’s video gaming devices can be turned on.