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Stella's video gambling bar opens first location in Hoffman Estates

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  • The lounger area at Stella's, a new bar with video gambling that opened in Hoffman Estates Thursday.

       The lounger area at Stella's, a new bar with video gambling that opened in Hoffman Estates Thursday.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Vice President of Operations Charity Johns tries out one of the video gaming machines at Stella's, a new bar that opened in Hoffman Estates Thursday.

       Vice President of Operations Charity Johns tries out one of the video gaming machines at Stella's, a new bar that opened in Hoffman Estates Thursday.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Gary Leff, chief executive officer of Laredo Hospitality, stands by a couple of video gaming machines at Stella's, a new bar that opened in Hoffman Estates Thursday.

       Gary Leff, chief executive officer of Laredo Hospitality, stands by a couple of video gaming machines at Stella's, a new bar that opened in Hoffman Estates Thursday.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Area Manager Brian Wilson tries out one of the video gaming machines at Stella's, a new bar that opened in Hoffman Estates Thursday.

       Area Manager Brian Wilson tries out one of the video gaming machines at Stella's, a new bar that opened in Hoffman Estates Thursday.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Director of Operations Services Mary Battin, serves up some pizza at Stella's, a new bar that opened in Hoffman Estates Thursday.

       Director of Operations Services Mary Battin, serves up some pizza at Stella's, a new bar that opened in Hoffman Estates Thursday.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
 

Stella's, a new bar that offers beer and wine, a menu of small plates and video gambling, opened the first of several approved locations in the Chicago area Thursday.

Located at 1171 Barrington Road in the Hoffman Village Shopping Center near Golf and Barrington roads, the Hoffman Estates Stella's will be open to its full hours on Saturday.

Stella's is one of three video gambling brands Laredo Hospitality is planning to open in the suburbs. The other bars, called Maxine's and Shelby's, have similar concepts but different decor and menus.

Gary Leff, chief operating officer of Loredo Hospitality, said Stella's is the company's primary brand. So far, he said, the Illinois Gaming Board has approved video gambling licenses for two other Stella's locations, in Chicago Ridge and Melrose Park.

The company has also built out Stella's locations in Oak Lawn, Fox Lake and Bartlett, but it is still waiting for video gambling licenses before the doors at those locations are opened.

Leff said proposals for Loredo Hospitality bars have been approved in more than 20 local municipalities and about half of those are Stella's.

"We're very excited to be opening our first location in Hoffman Estates," he said.

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