ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - After years of waiting, construction will soon start at Winrock Mall.
Three popular restaurants, Dave and Buster's, BJ's and Genghis Grill are scheduled to open next year.
It is going to take up to 2,000 workers to build them.
According to the developer Gary Goodman, the CEO of Goodman Realty, construction should start in two to three months.
He says they are just waiting for city permits.
Dave and Buster's is known as an adult arcade, where you can eat and drink and play games.
The more than 24,000 square foot restaurant will be built on the north side of the mall.
BJ's, a 9,000 square foot brew house and restaurant will be built near macaroni Grill.
Genghis Grill serves up Mongolian stir fry.
Goodman Realty bought Winrock in 2007 but the tough economy slowed development.
Gary Goodman says things are turning around and the company is currently working on getting even more leases.
The Chamber of Commerce says the three new restaurants are a good sign for the city.
"As we're continuing to work through the recession...and we're working our way out of this for sure but this is great news because it shows that people have more disposable income now because people don't go out to dinner when they don't have the money," Terrie Cole said.
Goodman says construction on a 16 screen IMAX theatre here at Winrock should also start this summer.
He says his bigger plans for Winrock that include the tallest rock climbing wall and indoor sky-diving venues are still a long ways out.
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