Tads regrouping after fire, planning for future

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TADS Sports Bar and Grill remains closed while the business makes repairs to the building from an August fire. The bar recently lost its off-track betting license from Arlington Park due to a drop in sales.

There won’t be off-track betting (OTB) in South Beloit any time soon.

Trackside South Beloit OTB, located in Tad’s Sports Bar and Grill, 1322 Gardner St., has been closed down by its parent company, Arlington Park.

According to the Arlington Park website, the facility was shut down due to the fire that occurred on Aug. 24.

The preliminary cause of the fire was electrical, the South Beloit Fire Department said. No injuries were reported.

Back in June the business received a letter from Arlington Park Race Track that stated the OTB facility would be shut down by Sept. 15 if sales didn’t improve.

David Zenner, senior communications manager for Arlington Park Race Track, said the facility continued to underperform in sales so the park decided to shut the site down after the fire occurred.

No significant damage was done to Arlington Park’s equipment, and it was removed shortly after the fire, Zenner said.

He would not confirm, per company policy, if the racetrack planned to open any more OTB sites in the South Beloit area in the future.

The Beloit Daily News reported that the facility had seen a significant drop in OTB sales over the last few years. TADS owner, Sand Fregeau, hoped to resurrect business by adding the lottery, and eventually adding video poker.

Phone lines to Tad’s were disconnected when called this week. A sign on the door said that the business will remain closed while “restoration efforts” continue following the fire at the business.

Back in June, Fergeau said OTB sales were already on the decline four years ago when she took ownership of the business.

Gamblers could bet on horse races from all over the country at the South Beloit location.

Winning tickets and vouchers can be used at the Rockford OTB site located at Shooter’s Bar and Grill, the park’s website says.

Alice Schoonover, South Beloit council member, said to her knowledge TADS will still be open for business and plans to rebuild after the fire.

The city council was informed at its last meeting that Arlington Park pulled the OTB license from TADS.

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