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Big plans by Bandito Barney’s a boost for downtown, East Dundee says

BandiBarney's Beach Club Bordello East Dundee. | Sun-Times Medifile

Bandito Barney's Beach Club and Bordello in East Dundee. | Sun-Times Media file

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Updated: January 20, 2014 8:11AM

EAST DUNDEE — A proposal to renovate and double the size of the Bandito Barney’s Beach Club and Bordello pub is in line with East Dundee’s downtown revitalization plans, the village says.

Bandito’s owner Roger Shelton said he plans to take on a host of projects that will double the establishment, at 10 N. River St., and allow it to extend its beer garden season.

“I think it’s going to be fantastic,” Village President Lael Miller said. “It’s going to be a huge improvement for the business and a great asset for the downtown.”

The anticipated price tag for the projects is about $1.2 million. Shelton is seeking $300,000 in tax increment finance (TIF) funds from East Dundee. The village would recapture its investment through sales tax and property value increases, officials said.

Shelton plans to heat the restaurant’s popular beer garden and add a partial roof to prolong the season at both the beginning and end of the year, and add noise control measures. With the improvements, patrons will be able to sit outside even if the temperature drops to the 20s.

The garden area also will be reconfigured to allow for more people. Inside work will include increasing the amount of room in the bar area, upgrading the bathrooms, constructing a new commercial kitchen, adding a new entranceway, expanding the third floor to include an elevator, and increasing the parking area by 22 spaces.


Shelton plans to have the beer garden renovations done by St. Patrick’s Day. Construction on the building could begin in the spring and be done by late fall.

Village officials have approved an inducement resolution with Shelton, but the dollar amount in TIF funding has not yet been finalized.

Under tax increment financing, the amount of property tax dollars distributed to the various local taxing bodies from TIF district property owners is frozen. Money collected in property taxes above that amount is used to revitalize the TIF area with infrastructure and other improvements.

Heather Maieritsch, deputy village administrator, said improvements to the longtime downtown staple will encourage more people to come to the village year-round.

“This definitely falls in line with the main goal of revitalizing the downtown area, so this is a move in a positive direction,” she said.

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