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    So long to Winrock 6 - December 18, 2013 by admin

    The Winrock 6 movie theater is being demolished to make way for a Dave & Busters restaurant and arcade. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

    A longtime local cinema complex is literally turning to dust, and Albuquerques long-awaited Dave & Busters is a step closer to reality.

    Crews last week began the demolition of the old Winrock 6 movie theater, a project that is helping clear the way for the citys first location of the Dallas-based restaurant/arcade chain.

    Darin Sand of Goodman Realty, the company behind Winrocks redevelopment, said restaurant construction could begin in April at the old theater site. Dave & Busters is aiming for a late summer or early fall opening, he said.

    The venue will be about 25,000 square feet.

    Dave & Busters was among the first restaurant tenants announced by the Winrock redevelopment team in mid-2012 but will be the last from that wave which also included BJs and Genghis Grill to actually open.

    This photo shows a Dave & Busters arcade in one of the chains flagship locations in Dallas. (Courtesy of The Dallas Morning News)

    Dave & Busters is known for its mixture of food, drinks and games. There are more than 60 locations today, mostly concentrated in the eastern half of the U.S.

    The old Winrock 6 already has been replaced. Regal Cinemas last month unveiled its new 16-screen IMAX theater on another corner of the Winrock property.

    Other changes are in store for Winrock, including the departure of longtime tenant Bed, Bath & Beyond. The home goods store is slated to close in February, Sand said, as it moves into a new location near San Mateo and Interstate 40.

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    Croce’s sushi, pizza-and-wings plans for Franklin go to board - December 18, 2013 by admin

    Mark D. Croces plans to turn part of Franklin Street into a restaurant row are advancing with his two latest projects for a new sushi-themed restaurant and a pizza-and-wings place.

    Croce is seeking approval for his plan to renovate and add a single-story, 1,918-square-foot addition to the former home of his Buckin Buffalo Saloon at 294 Franklin.

    The veteran restaurateur wants to replace that now-closed business with a new full-service, eat-in pizzeria, including a 150-seat dining room and a full bar. The proposal is on the menu for approval by the Buffalo Planning Board today, along with three other restaurant projects.

    It follows his application and approval by city planners a month ago to convert a 3,200-square-foot walk-up office building at 284 Franklin into a sushi restaurant by adding a cooler, a rear stairwell, a mezzanine and a patio. That building is just in front of his Buffalo Chop House restaurant.

    Together, they will add to the dining options across the street from the soon-to-open Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, as well as his holdings on the Franklin strip such as the Chop House, DArcy McGees Irish Pub and Laughlins.

    I pretty much own almost every building on that street, Croce said. Years ago, I envisioned that section of Franklin being Buffalos restaurant row, and now its coming to fruition.

    Croce said he wants to create a destination and a cluster, almost a food court for all the new hotel guests who would be coming to that part of town as a result of several new hotels opening up. Everybody wants the local food, the steakhouse, to eat Buffalo fare, he said. When people are in from out of town, they want great chicken wings.

    So far, he said, he has spoken with the owners of Bocce Club Pizza, Bella Pizza and La Nova Pizza, as well as others, and hopes to make a decision on who will operate the restaurant within 30 days so he can fast-track the plan for an opening in early spring.

    City planners last month unanimously approved Croces other restaurant, which he said will feature a nice variety of food to complement the sushi. Hes adding a second level to that building, with an indoor and outdoor patio with heated floors that can be used all year. A cantilevered deck will cover the parking lot.

    The projects will likely entail more than $2 million in investment, Croce said. Meanwhile, he is also turning his attention to his Curtiss Building at Franklin and West Huron Street, where he plans to start construction in the spring on a boutique hotel and a Mediterranean- or Italian-style restaurant. The project calls for 68 upscale hotel rooms, with very high-end amenities. The hotel will feature a revolving bar, a three-meal restaurant, a lounge, a rooftop patio and dining area, he said.

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    Winrock 6 being demolished - December 18, 2013 by admin

    Posted: 5:52 pm

    A longtime local cinema complex is literally biting the dust and Albuquerques long-awaited Dave & Busters is a step closer to reality.

    Crews last week began the demolition of the old Winrock 6 movie theater, a project that is helping clear the way for the citys first location of the Dallas-based restaurant/arcade chain.

    Darin Sand of Goodman Realty, the company behind Winrocks redevelopment, said restaurant construction could begin in April at the old theater site. Dave & Busters is aiming for a late summer or early fall opening, he said.

    The venue will be about 25,000 square feet.

    Dave & Busters was among the first restaurant tenants announced by the Winrock redevelopment team in mid-2012 but will be the last from that wave which also included BJs and Genghis Grill to actually open.

    Dave & Busters is known for its mixture of food, drinks and games. There are more than 60 locations today, mostly concentrated in the eastern half of the U.S.

    The old Winrock 6 already has been replaced. Regal Cinemas last month unveiled its new 16-screen IMAX theater on another corner of the Winrock property.

    Other changes are in store for Winrock, including the departure of longtime tenant Bed, Bath & Beyond. The home goods store is slated to close in February, Sand said, as it moves into a new location near San Mateo and Interstate 40.

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    Group behind Rue de Jean to open 3 new restaurants next year - December 16, 2013 by admin

    Quick links to other pages on this site | Still can't find it? see Site Index file/Leroy Burnell/StaffHotel developer Mike Bennett's restaurant group plans to reopen the shuttered Queen Anne's Revenge on Daniel Island as The Islander. Buy this photo

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    Holy City Hospitality, the restaurant group behind 39 Rue de Jean and Coast, is opening several new restaurants at the beginning of next year.

    The group is redeveloping a 10,000-square-foot space at 39 Hutson St., which was formerly Club Tango. It will house two restaurants separated by a bar, said Whittney Prasek, spokeswoman for the restaurant group.

    On one end will be Vincent Chicco's, an American-Italian restaurant named for one of Charleston's most notorious Prohibition-era bandits.

    The restaurant on the other end of the building will specialize in high-end meats from Meats by Linz, a Chicago-based meat purveyor that services upscale restaurants and hotels across the nation. The restaurant's name, and details about the bar's concept, have not been released.

    The restaurant group has also renovated the former Queen Anne's Revenge on Daniel Island and will reopen it early next year as The Islander.

    Prasek said the space has been transformed into a bright, family-friendly restaurant featuring a room for events and an expansive indoor-outdoor bar.

    Holy City Hospitality is part of Charleston-based hotel developer Mike Bennett's Bennett Hospitality Inc. Berkeley County property records show that his Daniel Island Ventures LLC bought the 5,730-square-foot Queen Anne's building in September as part of a $13 million deal that included the nearby Hampton Inn.

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    Burns & McDonnell wins $20 million Hy-Vee contract for concept that includes cocktail service - December 16, 2013 by admin

    Burns & McDonnell is jumping into the commercial construction field with a contract to renovate 50 Midwestern Hy-Vee supermarkets with a new restaurant concept that includes cocktail service.

    The venture into upgrading the Hy-Vees with a casual dining concept called Market Cafe and Market Grille is a marked departure from an engineering firm thats better known for engineering huge power plants and other large-scale public works endeavors.

    Burns & Mac is the 20th largest engineering company in the U.S., according to Engineering News-Record, a respected trade publication.

    The move into commercial construction is being led by Greg Carlson, who joined Burns & McDonnell in June after working for 20 years with Weitz construction.

    The $20 million contract with Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee calls for the renovation of about one-fourth of the companys stores in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota and South Dakota. Construction is scheduled to begin next month.

    Store operations will not be disrupted during the construction of the approximately 40 Market Cafe concepts and 10 Market Grilles. The new dining concept will include a full-service menu and cocktails.

    Carlson said the new commercial construction venture is a continuation of Burns & Macs capability of providing full-serve to its clients from design work through construction.

    The all in-house approve Burns & McDonnell has done has been a model for other areas and product types for decades in power and energy, Carlson said, but bringing it into the commercial world is a new venture. Were excited about Hy-Vee.

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    Construction for Raeford Road Chick-fil-A to begin after the holidays - December 16, 2013 by admin

    By Andrew Barksdale Staff writer

    Construction on a long-awaited Chick-fil-A store on Raeford Road near Haymount could begin early next year, the developer of the site says.

    Last week, Fayetteville developer Joe Riddle cleared one last important hurdle when the N.C. Department of Transportation approved a driveway permit allowing the store's parking lot to have limited access to Raeford Road.

    The 1.25-acre site is along the intersection of Raeford Road and Purdue Drive, across from the Highland Centre shopping center anchored by Harris-Teeter.

    Riddle, who bought the land and cleared it of older buildings, said an official with the Chick-fil-A corporate office in Atlanta has told him construction is scheduled to start after the holidays.

    "Now, they are talking about January," said Riddle, who will retain ownership of the land after the store is built and opened.

    The new restaurant will give Chick-fil-A four locations in Fayetteville. The others are on Skibo Road, Ramsey Street and in Cross Creek Mall.

    Tommy Arnold, the chain's local franchisee, said earlier this year that he expected construction to begin after the start of the new year. He could not be reached for comment this morning. He owns the Chick-fil-As on Skibo Road and in the mall.

    At a Fayetteville City Council meeting last week, Mayor Nat Robertson asked Scott Shuford, the city's development services director, if the city was holding up construction of the new Chick-fil-A. Shuford said no, adding that Riddle and company officials were waiting on permission from the state Department of Transportation to have access to a busy Raeford Road.

    Robertson, who was elected in November, had campaigned on wanting to ease some of the city's development rules and speed up the permitting and planning process for developers.

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    Food Network show to do makeover of Pasión Latin Fusion - December 16, 2013 by admin

    Robert Irvine to the rescue.

    The British chef and restaurateur will be in the Duke City on Wednesday and Thursday to film an episode of his TV show, Restaurant: Impossible, at Pasin Latin Fusion, 722 Lomas NW.

    The series airs Wednesdays on the Food Network.

    In each episode, Irvine is given the mission of making the impossible possible by renovating a failing restaurant in two days on a $10,000 budget. After assessing the problems with the restaurant, Irvine typically creates a plan for the new decor, oversees the cleaning of the restaurant, reduces the size of the menu and improves the food, develops a promotional activity, educates the restaurants owners, or trains the staff as needed by each restaurant.

    According to Nicholas Smalarz, an associate producer, there will be a re-opening at 7 p.m. Thursday. The general public can call to make reservations for the night by calling the restaurant at 503-7880.

    The episode will air in winter 2014.

    Smalarz says the crew will need volunteers to help with the renovation of the restaurant over the two days.

    Design volunteers will be painting, crafting, doing construction, remodeling, cleaning and decorating depending on their skill set and the show is always looking for skilled contractors to help out, such as electricians, plumbers and painters. There will be three shifts on the following days and times: 1-8 p.m. and 8 p.m.-2 a.m. on Wednesday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Thursday.

    Smalarz says these are volunteer positions, but meals will be provided. He says volunteers should be OK with being on camera and wear comfortable clothing and sneakers/boots with no logos. Assistants are not limited to one shift.

    People interested are asked to email Smalarz at nick@shootersinc.com by today with your preferred shift or shifts, full name, email address and cellphone number. Make sure to use the subject line: FN Albuquerque Volunteers.

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    City Beach restaurant strip on the way - December 13, 2013 by admin

    The West Australian

    City Beach will get an $18 million facelift, with a new surf club and restaurant strip planned at the popular beachfront.

    The Town of Cambridge has authorised calling tenders to build the $6.6 million ultramodern City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club and three restaurants at the site.

    The existing surf club building will be demolished about March, with the new one to be ready for the 2015-16 summer.

    Cambridge mayor Simon Withers said the building would become a Perth landmark.

    "The design of the new building is iconic," he said. "I imagine it will feature on postcards and be widely photographed."

    Mr Withers said the redevelopment would transform City Beach from a great beach dominated by an "ugly" building to the best beach in Perth.

    Leases for two of the three restaurants have been awarded, with a well-known Perth hospitality family to open an upmarket eatery on the beachfront.

    Marcel and Fiona Slobe will run the biggest of the three restaurants - a 1000sqm, "resort style" venue to open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Ms Slobe is the youngest daughter of Sonja Gastevich, a Perth hospitality veteran who has opened five Perth pubs, including the Royal in East Perth and Ess Bar in Subiaco.

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    Restaurant Row - December 13, 2013 by admin

    VOL. 128 | NO. 242 | Thursday, December 12, 2013

    If you blink, you might miss a new restaurant opening along the Poplar Avenue corridor in East Memphis.

    Broadway Pizza on Mendenhall Road is nearing completion. Its just one of several new restaurants being added to the already busy Poplar Avenue corridor in East Memphis.

    (Daily News/Andrew J. Breig)

    Over the last few months, several new restaurants have opened or are on the way around the heavily traveled Poplar corridor between Perkins Road and Kirby Parkway.

    People are spending more and more eating out, said Danny Buring, managing partner with the Shopping Center Group LLC. The higher-end and fast-casual segments are picking up. Along that area, youre talking about a little of everything.

    The restaurants are being lured to the area by the high traffic counts, population density, above-average incomes and extraordinarily high daytime population fueled by the thriving office market sector in East Memphis, according to local experts.

    Soul Fish Cafe has opened its latest restaurant in the old Wolf Camera space, 4720 Poplar. The 3,100-square-foot location is Soul Fishs third restaurant in Memphis, behind its original spot in Cooper-Young and its Germantown store, near Forest Hill-Irene Road.

    The Whimsy Cookie Co., a Memphis-based boutique that specializes in designing custom, hand-decorated cookies, is opening a location next door to Soul Fish. Laurie Suriff founded Whimsy Cookie Co. and is co-owner with Collins Tuohy, whose family was featured in the best-selling book and hit movie The Blind Side.

    We had been eyeing it since Gifts and Art closed a year ago, and we love that cottage-style, gingerbread house, which is perfect for our company, Tuohy said. We think its going to be a great little addition to Poplar Avenue.

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    ‘Restaurant: Impossible’ coming to ABQ; looking for volunteers - December 12, 2013 by admin

    Robert Irvine to the rescue.

    The British chef and restaurateur will be in the Duke City on Wednesday, Dec. 18 and Thursday, Dec. 19 to film an episode of his TV show, Restaurant: Impossible at Pasion Latin Fusion, 722 Lomas NW.

    The series airs Wednesdays on the Food Network.

    British chef and host of Restaurant: Impossible Robert Irvine will film a show in Albuquerque.

    In each episode, Irvine is given the mission of making the impossible possible by renovating a failing restaurant in two days on a $10,000 budget. After assessing the problems with the restaurant, Irvine typically creates a plan for the new decor, oversees the cleaning of the restaurant, reduces the size of the menu and improves the food, develops a promotional activity, educates the restaurants owners, or trains the staff as needed by each restaurant.

    According to Nicholas Smalarz, an associate producer, there will be a re-opening at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. The general public can call to make reservations for the night by calling Pasion Latin Fusion at 503-7880.

    The episode will air in winter 2014.

    Smalarz says the crew will need volunteers to help with the renovation of the restaurant over the two days.

    Design volunteers will be painting, crafting, construction, remodeling, cleaning, decorating etc. (depending on your skill set). Always looking for skilled contractors as well in their fields to help out (electricians, plumbers, painters, etc.)

    The days and times are as follows in three shifts:

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