Peoria businesses strike out on video gaming gamble

By WEEK Producer

October 17, 2013 Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Some downtown businesses that were betting on extra income have found out that their gamble hasn't paid out.

What's happening in downtown Peoria , is an example of what's happening Statewide.

Take downtown at Haddad's, where they've found that video gaming hasn't lived up to their expectations.

"So my husband thought that it would be a great idea. Plus they
entice you with yes you can make x amount of dollars and it will help your business," said Rita Speck, co-owner of Haddad's Restaurant.

And was the extra revenue there?

"We had one good month, when they advertised for us, and the other months they were just really slow," she said. "So it just did not work for us here at all."

The future of video gaming's outcome is not yet know statewide,
but at Haddad's it already is.

"We're just gonna focus on our business, so , it just wasn't for us," Speck said.

However, over at Judges Chamber, the games are a big winner.

"It was both, good for the customers to have something to do and for the income. It could always be better. Yes, it's been very well," said Judges Chamber owner Lori Lorrie

Although bars would seem a good fit, that's not the case at Sully's

"It's not exactly attracting the clientele that we want, and its taking up
quite a bit of valuable space here. We are not benefiting from it at all," said Jenni Lamar, a manager at Sully's. "We are removing it in a couple of weeks. We though that it would bring in some more people but it didn't."

So while all the winners and losers haven't been decided yet, you can still come downtown to get a gaming fix.

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