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Fanatico’s owner looks to bring video gaming to Hillcrest Drive

Petition for permit heads to city’s Planning & Zoning Commission on Wednesday

Matthew Apgar – mapgar@shawmedia.com
Charley's Video Gaming & Rum Bucket Bar employee Samantha Johnson poses for a photo with a slot machine Oct. 2, 2017, at the business on Sycamore Road in DeKalb.
Matthew Apgar – mapgar@shawmedia.com Charley's Video Gaming & Rum Bucket Bar employee Samantha Johnson poses for a photo with a slot machine Oct. 2, 2017, at the business on Sycamore Road in DeKalb.

DeKALB – The owner of Fanatico’s Restaurant is looking to establish a video gaming facility at 122 E. Hillcrest Drive, DeKalb, and will go in front of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday to request a permit.

Rasim Spaijoski of RLDR LLC, which owns Fanatico’s, is proposing a video gaming establishment in the
1,560 square-foot space in a multi-tenant commercial building on the south side of East Hillcrest Drive, east of North First Street, at 122 E. Hillcrest.

“This would be a great business opportunity since it is considered a busy street where lots of people drive by every day,” Spaijoski said in a letter to the city. “Our Video Gaming Establishment Cafe will serve as an entertainment center for both younger and older audiences and help enrich the city of DeKalb economy.”

The establishment would be open seven days a week and follow city code for operating hours: 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Wednesday; 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday. Only wine, beer and snacks will be served, not hard alcohol, according to the petition.

A citizen response form submitted by Marvin and Jane Levinsky, who own Studio One Salon and Spa, 1007 N. First Street, states their opposition to the proposal, according to the agenda. The Levinskys believe the location is not appropriate for a video gaming facility.

Dan Olson, principal planner for the city, said the establishment would add economic development along the Hillcrest corridor, documents show.

According to the agenda for Wednesday’s Planning & Zoning Commission, set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the DeKalb Municipal Building, the building at
122 E. Hillcrest if 8,400 square feet, and the video gaming location would be in the eastern part of the building, which once housed a thrift store.

Four other tenants also are shown on the agenda to live on East Hillcrest Drive building: a pet groomer, a beauty supply shop, a barber and a tobacco store.

There currently are seven video gaming establishments in the city, and three proposed new ones, including Maisy’s, 854 S. Fourth St., Fatty’s Pub & Grille, 1221 W. Lincoln Highway, though the latter has not yet completed zoning requirements, the agenda shows. The proposed one at Hillcrest would make 10 video gaming establishments in the city, thanks to a May 13 vote by council to amend the number of allowed establishments, the agenda shows.

DeKalb Interim Police Chief John Petragallo submitted data regarding calls for service from the seven existing video gaming establishments, and said DeKalb police do not believe there will be any significant public safety concerns with the increased facilities in the city, documents show.

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