The first of what officials say will be three restaurants to flank
the new AMC Entertainment Village will open for business early next
Romano’s Macaroni Grill, a restaurant chain that serves everything
from wood-fired pizzas and pastas to sauvignons, will move into a
7,300-square- foot space Feb. 4, officials said. Workers have already
begun the process of developing the new space, which is at the
northeastern corner of Magnolia Boulevard and First Street.
"[Romano’s Macaroni Grill’s] presence is very important to us,”
city redevelopment projects manager Jennifer Mack said. “This is part
of an overall revitalization of downtown Burbank. And I believe it is
going to be important for Burbank to a have a different kind of
Being downtown was an important part of what attracted the
franchise, said Louis Adams, a spokesman for Brinker International,
owner of the proposed Burbank franchise.
“There are three primary factors we look at before moving into a
location: residential population bases, strong retail traffic and
good office space locations,” Adams said. “Those offices drive a
significant amount of your lunchtime traffic.”
Adams said the new restaurant would seat nearly 300.
The restaurant will be one of three new restaurants to be opened
in the new AMC 16 complex, which is part of the AMC Entertainment
project -- also a city redevelopment effort.
The first phase of the project was the 16-screen theater complex
that opened in June at 125 E. Palm Ave. The second phase of the
redevelopment will include retail and restaurants that will take up
30,000 square feet of additional space, officials said.
Redevelopment officials declined to talk about what other
restaurants would be going in to the complex, but AMC officials have
said Wolfgang Puck Express and Cold Stone Creamery could also become
Mack said two other restaurants are set to sign deals to move in,
but she declined to talk about them until ink goes to paper. Leases
for those restaurants are expected to be signed within 60 days, said
Rick King, a spokesman for the Kansas City, Mo.-based AMC
AMC officials said the first new restaurant tenant is significant.
“It is the first of many popular, recognizable brand tenants we
think will be attracted to the facility and we think it will lead to
additional leases,” King said, declining to disclose the terms of the
“This was the plan all long, not just to have a free-standing
theater, but to have an integrated lifestyle and leisure development
that would offer movies and an opportunity to pair them with other