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Oswego Trustees Consider Third Video Gaming Establishment

Mar 21, 2017 09:45PM ● Published by Steven Jack

A proposal for a third video gaming establishment for Oswego had trustees questioning Tuesday night whether the village needs another such business. 

The village has been approached by Chicago-area business owner Fadi Mohammed about opening Milly's Cafe on the village's far east side in the same strip mall as Tuffy Tire and Auto along Route 34 near Route 30.

The concept for the business is a deli/cafe that would serve fresh deli meats and cheeses, beer and wine and include five video gambling machines. Mohammed runs a similar establishment in Bradley, IL and is set to soon open a new location in Park Forest. 

Two other video gaming parlors already operate in the village — PD's in Mason Square and Stella's near Douglas Road and Route 30.

"I don't want Oswego to be known for its gaming establishments," said Trustee Joe West, who along with fellow Trustee Karin McCarthy-Lange were opposed to the idea of another gaming parlor in town.

While other trustees agreed that they don't want the village overrun with video gaming businesses, they said they support Mohammed's plan based largely on its location. The 1,200 square-foot space in the Tuffy strip has never been occupied and does not have a high visibility from the road.

"I'm leaning to supporting it because of this location and because there is a deli there," said Trustee Pam Parr. "... I think it's more of a benefit than the normal."

In addition to gaming establishments, Mohammed also owns three Boost Mobile stores and the popular New York City Deli in Bourbonnais. He touted his community-focused business model., saying he prides himself on giving back with annual community turkey give-aways and food drives. 

"I am not the kind of business owner who comes in to town from out of state, opens up and you will never see again," Mohammed said. "I live in Illinois and am committed to the area." 

Mohammed has not received final approval for Milly's Cafe in Oswego. After receiving support from four of six trustees at Tuesday's Village Board meeting, a final vote on Mohammed's liquor and gaming license will be required at a future meeting. 

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