Virtual Reality Video Gaming Business Opens In Minooka
MINOOKA, IL — The owner of the Tasty Bite restaurant in Minooka has branched out and opened Minooka’s first virtual reality video gaming business, and it’s right next door to his restaurant. Infinity VR Adventures had its soft opening about three weeks, but Saturday marked its official grand opening.
The new Minooka business is run by Emre Kok, who has been with Tasty Bite for more than 10 years. Patch profiled Kok in a June 2020 article about Tasty Bite. When he came to Minooka, he said, he did not speak English, and he worked as a dishwasher at the restaurant. By 2016, he said proudly, he became the Tasty Bite owner. He also became owner of the Fill-A-Cup Yogurt.
Since last year, he has sold the Fill-A-Cup Yogurt, and now he has opened the VR Infinity Adventures in the same shopping plaza.
Infinity VR Adventures features seven virtual reality gaming stations that people can play games involving simulators, action and shooting targets. Infinity VR Adventures is open noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to about midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. People can make reservations online, and walk-ins are welcome.
Kok told Patch he is excited to have his new virtual reality video gaming place open for the summer.
“We’re the only one in town,” he said.
He said that his main customer base is from Minooka, Channahon, Morris and Shorewood.
He said there are a couple of virtual reality gaming businesses in Joliet, but his hourly rates are much cheaper. In the coming weeks, he said he plans to add a treadmill, so people can play military games, and he expects to add car simulators, so gamers can play Mario Kart.
Infinity VR Adventures has games available for children as young as 4 years old, Kok said. So far, many of the new patrons are adults and teenagers.
“We have simulators with rollercoaster rides,” Kok said. “We have lots of adult games and multi-player (games) that people can come in groups. It’s a walk-in business, so reservations are not required.”
Patch asked Kok what gave him the idea of opening a virtual reality gaming business in the village of Minooka.
“Going to high school in town, there was always a need to leave town to have arcade fun and gaming,” Kok said. “I wanted to change that.”
Kok said his business partner is 20-year-old Brandon Mesinas.
They have opened Infinity VR Adventures in the former location of the Cricket mobile store. “We demo’ed the whole building,” Kok said.
Kok said he realized that many people are still taking it slow amid the pandemic. So he wanted everyone to know that all of his video gaming stations are properly socially distanced.
“We still have seven feet apart for all our gaming stations,” he said. “And each station gets sanitized after each use.”
The business phone for Infinity VR Adventures is 815-255-2957. For more, visit the website here.