Plano City Council Approves Gaming Licence; Hears Proposal for Another

Plano City Council Approves Gaming Licence; Hears Proposal for Another

Ethan KrugerMay 26, 2021 Updated 2 hrs ago

Jack Felkamp, of Orland Park, spoke to the Plano City Council Committee of the Whole on Monday about his proposed
Red Carpet Gaming Cafe on Route 34 west of Ben Street. ( photo by Ethan Kruger).

The Plano City Council on Monday voted six to two in favor of increasing the number of liquor licenses to accommodate a new video gambling business in a vacant storefront just west of Hale Street on Route 34 run by gaming company Big Win Gaming. During the committee of the whole portion of the meeting, the city council heard a proposal for another video gambling business on Route 34 just west of Ben Street where the now closed Betty’s Place is located that would be called the Red Carpet Gaming Cafe. The proposal sparked discussion about how many gaming parlors should be allowed to operate in Plano.

Voting against granting the licence for Big Win Gaming were Aldermen Jamal Williams and John Fawver. Both said they heard from residents that there are already too many video gambling establishments in Plano. Fawver says he’s not in favor of allowing any additional gaming parlors.

Alderman Barb Nadeau says that certain types of businesses shouldn’t be locked out.

Jack Felkamp is the businessman proposing the new gaming parlor in the former Betty’s building. He says he wants his establishment to be more of a social gathering spot and will serve coffee and pastries in addition to beer and wine which is part of the license to operate a gaming parlor.

The city council agreed to move the item to the agenda for a vote next month.

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May 26, 2021 at 10:34AM