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Alamo Drafthouse goes east; more new restaurants for downtown workers

Friday, April 11, 2008

Virginia will remember Alamo, too: Cinema chain expands out of Texas

Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas will open its first movie theater outside of Texas next year in Winchester, Va., a college town about 75 miles west of Washington.

The company, which franchises the movie-theater-with-restaurant concept, is targeting the East Coast, Oklahoma and Arizona for expansion.

The goal is to have 30 locations by the end of 2010, chief executive John Martin said.

Tim and Karrie League opened the first Alamo Drafthouse in 1997 and still own three Austin locations.

They sold the franchising rights in 2004 to Martin's company.

Martin's company is opening two more Texas Alamos this year, in San Antonio and McAllen.

Eateries, cafe to open this summer in Brazos condos downtown

Downtown workers and road warriors will have more places to grab lunch this summer when new tenants open in the Brazos Place Condominiums, a condominium-conversion project in downtown Austin.

The tenants will include Baby Greens, which serves salads and wraps, and Ana's Mart, a gourmet grocery.

A third new occupant will be LaunchPad Coworking, a cafe with work spaces and meeting rooms that telecommuters, business travelers and others can rent by the hour, according to the company's Web site.

And more retailers are coming, said Jessica Jordan, sales associate with developer PRS Equities Ltd.

The project, at East Eighth and Brazos streets, includes 71 condominium units priced from the mid-$200,000s to the low $500,000s, Jordan said.

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