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So long to Winrock 6

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

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

A longtime local cinema complex is literally turning to dust, and Albuquerque’s long-awaited Dave & Buster’s 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 city’s first location of the Dallas-based restaurant/arcade chain.

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

The venue will be about 25,000 square feet.

Dave & Buster’s 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 BJ’s and Genghis Grill – to actually open.

This photo shows a Dave & Buster's arcade in one of the chain's flagship locations in Dallas. (Courtesy Of The Dallas Morning News)

This photo shows a Dave & Buster’s arcade in one of the chain’s flagship locations in Dallas. (Courtesy of The Dallas Morning News)

Dave & Buster’s 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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