Krueger's to add gaming machines, arcade area

Board OKs permit amendment to allow up to 50 games

April 16, 2013

Menomonee Falls - Gamers will not have to go far for variety.

The Menomonee Falls Village Board on Monday approved an amendment to Krueger's Falls Entertainment Center's permit that allows the business to have up to 50 amusement machines in the facility. Owner David Krueger does not currently plan to house 50 machines; however, that number allows him to increase the number of games while giving him future flexibility, according to village documents.

The amendment allows the entertainment center to create an adolescent gaming area in the north side of the building with the addition of 35 different machines separate from the bar area, Village Trustee Michael McDonald said.

"He currently has machines, pool tables, things like that, and those would all be removed," McDonald said. "There would be approximately 35 different machines and it will all be coupon-based and there will be a redemption center involved."

The new game center would be similar to Dave & Buster's, where coupons are redeemed when the games are played and then people get various prizes. The permit requires Krueger's to have an 18-year-old individual to monitor the arcade area at all times to ensure no one underage is consuming alcohol.

"The amount of games they are talking about is functional and the arcade system they are involved with is a national organization that would provide machinery and overall operational advice for activities going on there," McDonald said.

Trustee Sharon Ellis was concerned about parking and traffic issues as a result of the new arcade area. There are 51 parking stalls at Krueger's.

During a public hearing at the Planning Commission level, parking issues were addressed and a condition was added that says Krueger's employees are responsible for monitoring the parking lot to ensure only patrons are using it.

In the past, Village President Randy Newman said residents of the Commons, a neighboring apartment complex, have used Krueger's parking lot as if it was public parking. By putting the responsibility on Krueger's to monitor the lot and call for cars parked there illegally to be ticketed should help solve this issue.

"Owners deserve to use their lots free and clear and this puts the responsibility on Krueger's to monitor the parking as a condition of having these games," Newman said. "It's akin to your neighbor parking in your driveway. You wouldn't be happy about that if that happens. This should help to keep that from happening."

Krueger's is responsible to follow all 11 conditions placed on the permit. The conditional use can be removed if they aren't followed.

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