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Sandwiches and gaming go hand in hand at Molly's Deli

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  • Manager Terry Tylman, right, and assistant manager Roberta Pittenturf are ready to take your order at Molly's Deli in Carpentersville, where customers can enjoy video gaming along with deli sandwiches and drinks.

       Manager Terry Tylman, right, and assistant manager Roberta Pittenturf are ready to take your order at Molly's Deli in Carpentersville, where customers can enjoy video gaming along with deli sandwiches and drinks.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

 

There is a new deli along the Randall Road corridor where you can place bets along with placing your order.

Molly's Deli opened about two months ago at 8050 Binnie Road, at the corner of Randall and Binnie roads in Carpentersville.

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It is one of several Molly's locations, but the first in the Fox Valley area. Others are in Hoffman Estates, Rockford and more.

The deli, which serves up made-to-order sandwiches, also has five video gaming machines on site. There are varying games on each of the five video gaming terminals. Their costs range from a penny to a quarter, Molly's employee Roberta Pittenturf said.

Pittenturf says some people stop in for the food, some stop in to gamble, and others come by for both.

More and more people are starting to realize the business is there along the Randall Road corridor, and the clientele is growing, Pittenturf said.

She said that the crowd is growing, especially around lunchtime, when people stop in for Molly's sandwiches and stay to dine at the tables inside of the deli.

The business is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and open from 10 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

At any time, she said, customers can order one of 18 different deli sandwiches. The most popular, she said, are the Ruben, the hot pastrami and the Molly's club.

"We make all of the sandwiches to order with fresh bread right when people order them," Pittenturf said.

Molly's also serves soups, chili, potato salad and chips.

Anyone who is gaming receives complimentary coffee, soda, and water, Pittenturf said. The business also has beer and wine for sale, however, employees said the business is more like a homey deli than a bar.

While the gaming is popular, she said, the food has been growing in popularity, too. Molly's is now offering box lunches and catering.

Other similar gaming delis are popping up along the Randall Road corridor, including the new Dotty's Cafe on Randall Road on South Elgin. Owners of Dotty's, which has chains around the country, did not return calls for comments.

Dotty's also is petitioning for a liquor license for along Randall Road in Lake in the Hills. A second gaming deli, Stella's Place, also is looking at moving in to Lake in the Hills.

Get ready for Gander Mountain: Gander Mountain is coming to Algonquin.

The store, which caters to those who love hunting, fishing, hiking, boating and more outdoor fun, will be going up next to the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Algonquin, on the west side of Randall Road.

Gander Mountain will be 52,000 square feet, and is expected to open this fall, said company representative Jess Myers.

The store already has a location along the Randall Road corridor in Geneva.

• Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from Batavia to Crystal Lake. Contact her at randallbiz@comcast.net or (847) 894-5036.

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