It's not Vegas. It's not even Harrah's in Joliet. But if you have a hankering to lay down a wager in a video gaming machine, you can place your bets at Durbin's in Tinley Park now.
“It will bring a little more excitement to the place,” general manager John McAuliffe said.
State workers turned on the machines Friday night at the Oak Park Avenue restaurant and lounge. Durbin's is the first bar in Tinley Park to get video gaming and one of two businesses to secure a license. Nick's Barbecue turned on its games earlier this month.
The other establishments seeking a license in Tinley Park include: Bailey’s Bar and Grill, Boston’s Gourmet Pizza, Cuzin’s Pub, Dragon Palace, Fajitas Mexican Restaurant, Harald Viking Lodge, J.W. Hollstein’s Saloon, Intimo, Luby’s Pub & Steakhouse, Old Tinley Pub & Eatery, Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant, Veterans of Foreign Wars Bremen Post 2791 and Vito & Nick’s II.
The Village of Tinley Park approved video gambling in January. Video gaming is only permitted in licensed retail establishments where alcoholic beverages are served for consumption on-premises, including restaurants, bars and fraternal organizations. Each establishment with a liquor license is allowed up to five gambling machines, with an annual fee of $1,000 per machine due to the Village.