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Neighboring businesses await to cash in on racino domino effect

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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.

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