Sweepstakes Cafes

Sweepstakes Cafes

The village of Sheffield became the latest local entity to approve legislation that would allow sweepstakes cafes in their community. These businesses may begin operating on April 25, the day a six-month moratorium expires.

Among the provisions:

  • A $5,000 annual licensing fee;
  • A $50 per machine monthly licensing fee;
  • No one under the age of 18 permitted inside the business;
  • Location of any such business is limited to C-2 or C-3 commercial districts;
  • Prohibited from being within 500 feet of churches, schools or playgrounds;
  • Alcoholic beverages in the businesses are prohibited;
  • Hours of operation will be 10am-midnight on weekdays, 10am-2:30am on Saturdays and noon-10pm on Sundays.

Several other cities have taken a wait-and-see approach to see what the state plans to do about sweepstakes cafes. Parma has extended their six-month moratorium an additional 90 days; Lakewood extended their six-month moratorium an additional 6 months; and Seven Hills has extended their moratorium an additional 2 months. The attorney general’s recent announcement regarding proposed legislation would preempt any municipal legislation authorizing sweepstakes and skill game cafes when the legislation is passed.

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