South Dakota restaurant to become a casino
The iconic Bob’s Café will replace potato chips with poker chips
Bob’s Café in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was once a popular eatery, serving dishes like ribs, chicken, shrimp and more. After running its course, the location was sold to Dale Dachtler this past May, who has something completely different in mind for the location. Gone are the deep fryers and salamanders and the property will soon host a casino – much to the dismay of the community.
Out with the fries, in with the chips. Bob’s Café is going to be the Dakota Star Casino once renovations are complete, and Dachtler understands that there is a certain amount of apprehension regarding the plans. He indicates that he is working with the community to assuage their concerns and is planning on holding a meeting next week with at least one resident who has already officially lodged a complaint. Dachtler states, “I’m willing to work with him to try and do everything I can to make him happy.”
The businessman will go before the Sioux Falls Planning Commission on August 7 to plead his case. The commission had already planned on discussing the project this month, but pushed it back to next month because of the opposition.
One of the concerns is that a new gambling house will lead to increased criminal activity in the area. Terrance Mobley, who lives behind the property, states in his letter to the city, “We simply cannot blindly accept another venue catering to alcohol and gambling without regard for working with us to combat what we already deal with.”
However, Dachtler counters by pointing out that the crime rate in the city has risen without the casino in place, and that he’s willing to do what he can to keep the area safe. He adds, “We didn’t do this. I don’t want crime more than anybody else.”