The shape and size of the Lakeside Moviehouse and Eatery emerged quickly over the past week as the concrete walls and steel structure were lifted into place.
“I expect the roof to be on by next week,” said Chris “Big Dog” Rutherford of Blalock Construction.
Much of the parking lot is in and Rutherford expects the remainder to be poured by the middle of January.
“Then, we’ll be able to work under any conditions (as long as workers are able to reach the site),” he said.
Rutherford, who also served as the site manager for the Moviehouse which recently opened in Keller, expects to finish the project around the beginning of May.
Once construction is complete, three weeks will be required to ramp up and train the staff before the facility opens to the public, said Mark McLaughlin, director of operations for Moviehouse and Eatery.
Most of the staff, McLaughlin noted, will be hired locally.
In Keller, a “VIP” event was held at the conclusion of the ramp-up period, on November 5, to give vendors, colleagues, and friends a chance to sample the features, food, and movie-going experience.
“It was a lot of fun to have so many attend with the spotlights lighting the sky,” McLaughlin said. “We had the red carpet rolled out so our guests could taste the food, enjoy the atmosphere, and watch a film.”
“Flower Mound residents are really going to enjoy all the bells and whistles,” insisted Russ Webb, one of the Flower Mound residents who attended the VIP function in Keller.
“It has the feel of a sit-down dinner place and a nice sports bar,” added Webb, the owner of Silver Oak Commercial Realty in Flower Mound.
“I can see hanging out here before meeting the wife.
“It is going to be a huge success for Lakeside DFW and really exciting for Flower Mound residents.”
Mark Wood, Flower Mound’s director of economic development, also attended the event in Keller.
“Moviehouse & Eatery is a very nice, upscale establishment,” Wood observed. “We look forward to its opening at Lakeside. It’s great!
“Flower Mound residents will love the movie-going experience.”
The VIP event was followed by a charity event held in conjunction with the Gateway Church in Keller. Approximately 600 attended.
“We will become involved in the Flower Mound community as well,” McLaughlin explained. “It is part of who we are. We are committed to hiring locally, buying locally (whenever possible), and giving back to local charities.
“At Lakeside, we’ll be a neighborhood theater,” he said, “and a gathering spot where people can walk or ride their bike. That will be fun.
“In Keller, families love what we’re offering,” he added. Unlike some other dine-in theaters, the Moviehouse and Eatery welcomes both adults and families with children.
“We’ll roll out a new menu in the spring when the Lakeside Moviehouse opens,” said McLaughlin, “and we’ve got a super movie calendar coming up next year too.
“We can’t wait to open the Moviehouse in Flower Mound.”