Just in time for the Academy Awards, we have news on new fancy movie theaters in Northeast Tarrant County.
In Bedford, Movie Tavern has opened its new location in The Shops at Central Park, just around the corner from its previous location. The new 55,000-square-foot location provides full-service, in-theater dining and bar service for all 10 screens, reclining loungers with call-button service, reserved stadium seating and a kitchen serving burgers, salads, appetizers and desserts.
Earlier this month, the Dallas-based chain completed renovations at its Green Oaks theater, adding new loungers and an interior and exterior remodel.
In Euless, more details have emerged on plans for a Cinépolis 12-screen movie theater in the booming Glade Parks development off Texas 121.
The multiscreen theater will feature “plush automated recliners,” a bar and gourmet snacks, reported Star-Telegram entertainment writer Robert Philpot. If the menu at the Del Mar, Calif.-based Cinepolis offers any clues, we can expect such appetizers as “Gourmet Truffle Skinny Fries” with spicy sriracha aioli, hummus & naan crisps, and a gourmet savory crepe. Entrees range from a burger to a spicy sushi lobster roll, with pizzas, tacos and panini in between.
Desserts include sweet crepes, a “Rockslide Brownie” and a variety of cheesecakes and milkshakes. Hot and iced coffee drinks are also available. The menu includes a few vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items.
Cinépolis USA’s parent company, founded in 1971 in Mexico, boasts that it’s the fourth-largest movie-theater exhibitor in the world. It’s also building an eight-screen theater in Dallas’ Victory Park.
More beer from Shannon Brewery
Shannon Brewery in Keller is not even 2 years old and the microbrewery is ready to join the big leagues.
The brewery recently signed a distribution deal with Andrews Distributing that will make the local beer available to retailers starting Tuesday.
Shannon Carter, founder of the brewery, said the company had been self-distributing and could only be found in a handful of Kroger, Central Market and Whole Foods stores. With the Andrews deal, Shannon’s beer will be available to more than 3,500 potential retail customers, including Kroger locations across Dallas-Fort Worth.
“It shows they have a lot of faith in our brand and our products and our ability to grow,” Carter said. “It gives us a great deal of confidence in what we do and how we’re doing it.”
The brewery produced about 4,000 barrels of beer last year and hopes to double its production this year by adding more tanks, employees and equipment.
“We are going to be making quite a bit more beer this year,” Carter said.
Chesapeake looking for takeoff
If you’re an energy explorer, hope has to spring eternal.
Being hopeful has been especially tough recently, however, with oil selling for around $30 a barrel and natural gas at its lowest price since 1999.
Still, last week, Chesapeake Energy CEO Doug Lawler had some hopeful words as he explained how his company was paying down debt, selling off assets and cutting back its drilling program to only four to seven rigs in 2016 — compared to 67 in late 2014.
During an earnings conference call, Lawler said that as the company looks forward to 2017 it will “continue to be very, very prudent in our capital expenditures” but is ready to pounce when prices improve and things get better.
“I will tell you that inside of Chesapeake, there is a remarkable air force ready to take flight if we decide to ramp up our drilling activity,” Lawler said.
Is your flight on-time? Check your Apple Watch
Need to find a place to eat at one of the five terminals at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport? Check your Apple Watch.
DFW is the first U.S. airport to have an Apple Watch app that provides flight information and notifications after the watch has been synced with the airport’s mobile app on a smartphone.
“The DFW Mobile App and our new Apple Watch app allow us to provide customers real-time information tailored to their particular journey and is another example of how we are leveraging the use of technology to provide an overall customer experience that is warm, welcoming and efficient,” said airport Chief Executive Sean Donohue, noting that 90 percent of DFW passengers carry smartphones.
DFW unveiled a new version of its mobile app last year that includes interactive maps of the airport and features that help passengers remember where they parked their car. The app was recently updated to feature six additional languages — Korean, Portuguese, Japanese, Spanish, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.
Last week, the airport opened a newly renovated section of Terminal B from gates B4-11. With the completion of this phase of the terminal renewal project, Terminal B has two new passenger entries with elevator access and a covered walkway from the garage to the terminal. The phase also reopened an adjacent 1,800-space parking garage that had been closed during the renovation.