Neighboring businesses await to cash in on racino domino effect - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Neighboring businesses await to cash in on racino domino effect

Posted: Updated:

AUSTINTOWN TWP., Ohio - Future patrons won't be the only ones hoping to take home some of the winnings from the racino coming to Austintown.

Nearby local business and eatery owners are also waiting for the new customers, and possible profits, it could bring.

John Marino is the general manager of Marino's Italian Cafe and Catering off of Mahoning Avenue in the township and the owner of Mojo Pub-N-Grill. He believes the racino will bring additional table reservations and a new kind of customer.

"The people who want to go and spend some time at the race track, but then get away and maybe go out to a nice dinner," Marino said.

The cafe is about two miles away from the racino site. It's been busy serving meals for more than three decades in the valley and the potential racino domino effect would only add to their growing customer base working here in the oil and gas industry.

"We get guys coming in for lunch, you see that late night crowd sometimes, but the oil and gas industry is here and present and they're definitely boosting our economy," Marino said.

John Colla's neighborhood convenience store has been selling the chance at good fortune for almost a decade.

"It's always been a gambling community and people are always willing to take a chance and spend a dollar or two," Colla said.

Colla's Market already has a number of loyal customers and John expects that he might land at least a little extra foot traffic, but he's not expecting a major influx.

Both business owners are placing bet the racino will help the township's economy as it gets ready to welcome its neighbor.

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • 'Heartbroken' Kenworthy visits South Korean dog meat farm

    'Heartbroken' Kenworthy visits South Korean dog meat farm

    Friday, February 23 2018 4:51 PM EST2018-02-23 21:51:21 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas watch dogs in cages at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the S...(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas watch dogs in cages at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the S...
    The Associated Press joined American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy on a tour of a Korean dog meat farm that's about to be shuttered by the Humane Society International.More >>
    The Associated Press joined American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy on a tour of a Korean dog meat farm that's about to be shuttered by the Humane Society International.More >>
  • US doing little to combat Russia meddling in next elections

    US doing little to combat Russia meddling in next elections

    Friday, February 23 2018 1:49 PM EST2018-02-23 18:49:20 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2018, file photo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats speaks at a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on worldwide threats in Washington. The Russians are going to try it again...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2018, file photo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats speaks at a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on worldwide threats in Washington. The Russians are going to try it again...
    Even as elections near, US has done little to aggressively combat the kinds of Russian meddling that was recently unmasked in federal court.More >>
    Even as elections near, US has done little to aggressively combat the kinds of Russian meddling that was recently unmasked in federal court.More >>
  • Indian partners hawk dinner talk with Trump Jr for $39,000

    Indian partners hawk dinner talk with Trump Jr for $39,000

    Friday, February 23 2018 3:27 AM EST2018-02-23 08:27:27 GMT
    (AP Photo). The eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. , center, stands in front of Trump Towers after its inauguration in Pune, India, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. Donald Trump Jr. said any talk that his family was profiting from his...(AP Photo). The eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. , center, stands in front of Trump Towers after its inauguration in Pune, India, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. Donald Trump Jr. said any talk that his family was profiting from his...
    Want an evening out with Donald Trump Jr.? Sorry, even if you have an extra $39,000 it's probably too late to buy a "conversation and dinner" with the eldest son of the American president as he visits India.More >>
    Want an evening out with Donald Trump Jr.? Sorry, even if you have an extra $39,000 it's probably too late to buy a "conversation and dinner" with the eldest son of the American president as he visits India.More >>
  • More NewsMore>>

  • East High host anti bullying event

    East High host anti bullying event

    Friday, February 23 2018 11:09 PM EST2018-02-24 04:09:30 GMT
    A group of East High School students held an anti- bullying event on Friday afternoon. Students created shirts and bracelets with anti- bullying messages on them. They also played games and ate snacks together. "The bullying needs to stop," stated 10th grader Santajah Douglass. The East High Intervention specialist said social media can also cause students to harm themselves or others. "Students are killing themselves because of cyber bullying," stated Jeanne C...More >>
    A group of East High School students held an anti- bullying event on Friday afternoon. Students created shirts and bracelets with anti- bullying messages on them. They also played games and ate snacks together. "The bullying needs to stop," stated 10th grader Santajah Douglass. The East High Intervention specialist said social media can also cause students to harm themselves or others. "Students are killing themselves because of cyber bullying," stated Jeanne C...More >>
  • GOP governor taps advisers for gun policy talks

    GOP governor taps advisers for gun policy talks

    Friday, February 23 2018 10:42 PM EST2018-02-24 03:42:03 GMT

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he has convened a diverse group of advisers on gun policy to help him come up with a consensus policy proposal that he can bring forward in the coming days.

    More >>

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he has convened a diverse group of advisers on gun policy to help him come up with a consensus policy proposal that he can bring forward in the coming days.

    More >>
  • Canfield attorney accused of OVI, leaving scene of accident

    Canfield attorney accused of OVI, leaving scene of accident

    Friday, February 23 2018 10:36 PM EST2018-02-24 03:36:53 GMT

    Damian Billak, an attorney who specializes in OVI/DUI and traffic cases, is now facing a charge of OVI himself. 

    More >>

    Damian Billak, an attorney who specializes in OVI/DUI and traffic cases, is now facing a charge of OVI himself. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms