Council Talks Gaming Cafes


For the second straight month, the Greenville City Council had a lengthy discussion about video gaming cafés at its January meeting.

No action was taken by the council, but it will be brought up again at a future council meeting. The topic arose when Gene Hebenstreit of Litchfield applied for a license.

City Manager Dave Willey said an item the council might consider is creating a special liquor license for gaming cafes.

He commented to the council that the city’s existing licenses don’t apply to this type of business. He said the cafes are not intended to be a sit-down restaurant or a bar. He also pointed out that other communities that have gaming cafes generally have licenses specifically for that type of business.

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During the January discussion, Councilmen John Gillard and Mike Heath voiced their opposition to gaming cafes.

Jes Adam was absent, but Mayor Alan Gaffner said Adam told him he supported a license for the applicant in any category, and also supports creating a gaming café license.

Mayor Gaffner said he thought there was merit in looking at a license for this type of facility. Councilman Kyle Littlefield said he has not made a decision on the matter.

The council heard from s citizens, several opposed to video gaming and its expansion in the city.

A representative from the Ministerial Alliance presented a letter of opposition after 20 members earlier that day voted against gaming.

Hebenstreit told the council he wouldn’t want to do anything to hurt the city. He has similar businesses in Highland, Vandalia and Carlinville. Hebenstreit would like to open a business in the new Domino’s building.

Greenville currently has 19 video gaming devices in multiple businesses.

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