Sam's Triple Crown and the Trackside OTB
opened last week in Orland Hills.
By Bob Bong
Southland Savvy

Sam’s Triple Crown restaurant and Trackside OTB opened for business last week at 9201 W. 159th St. in Orland Hills.

“It’s been fairly busy since we opened,” manager Tony Mannerino said on Tuesday. “That will pick up now that we have our sign.”

Mannerino said he expects a big crowd on Saturday for the Kentucky Derby.

“We’ll have two 40x60 tents outside with tables and chairs, a makeshift bar, beer in tubs, betting stations and TVs,” he said. “We’re also taking reservations for inside seating.”

The 5,000-square-foot facility seats 200 and has more than 50 flat-screen HDTV televisions.

“We expect to do very, very well in Orland Hills,” said Gil Carmichael, director of Off-Track Operations at Arlington Park race track, which operates the Trackside OTB locations.

“So will Orland Hills,” he said. “As 1 percent of the gross revenues are returned to the village every year.”

Admission to Sam’s Triple Crown is free, but bettors will have to pay a $1 tax, Carmichael said.

“The tax was a parting gift from (former Cook County Board president) Todd Stroger before he left office,” Carmichael said. The tax is collected under a 1987 law that allows government bodies to impose a $1 tax on OTB parlors.

“Only Cook County and Chicago charge the tax,” he said, explaining why OTBs in Mokena and Lockport do not tax bettors.

The OTB opens at 10:30 a.m. and Sam’s is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight and from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

For information and to make Derby reservations, call 708-873-0900.

Firehouse Subs Opens in Munster

Firehouse Subs opened today at 8153 Calumet Ave. in the new Shops of Munster plaza in Munster on the former Carpetland USA site.

Specializing in hot subs, Firehouse Subs serves large portions of premium meats and Sargento cheeses, steamed hot and placed atop fresh produce on a toasted sub roll. The Munster location also offers catering.

Each restaurant offers a family-oriented dining atmosphere, complete with an authentic firefighter theme that celebrates local firefighting history, as well as the founding family’s 200 years of firefighting service. The Munster location features a mural of a new Munster Fire Department truck.

Hours will be daily from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For information, visit the company’s website or its Facebook page.

Potempa Agency Has New Digs

The Potempa Agency, which represents Allstate Insurance, moved into new digs today at 20879 S. LaGrange Road in Frankfort, in the Walt’s Plaza. Her phone number remains 815-469-8200.

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