It is the stretch run for Bellis Fair’s latest batch of new tenant openings.
Last week opening dates were announced for the tenants going into the former movie theater space at the mall. Buffalo Wild Wings is aiming for a Monday, Oct. 27, opening, while Chipotle Mexican Grill is planning a Friday, Oct. 31, opening. Designer Shoe Warehouse, which was signed to a lease after the two restaurants, is planning to open in April.
Earlier this month Bellis Fair had three other openings: Big Orange and Villa Italian Kitchen opened in the food court area, while Kitchen Collection reopened in its newly remodeled space in the Target wing.
Buffalo Wild Wings is taking about 7,000 square feet of space, while Chipotle is occupying about 2,500 square feet. Designer Shoe Warehouse is taking the remaining 10,000 square feet.
As they get closer to opening, Buffalo Wild Wings and Chipotle have generated a fair amount of interest from mall-goers, said René Morris, general manager at Bellis Fair. She added that they are pleased that they were able to land a couple of restaurants that already have a strong following.
“It’s a ‘if you build it, they will come’ situation.” Morris said.
With its late hours, Buffalo Wild Wings will have a separate entrance so customers don’t have to go through the food court area. The restaurant is known for its chicken wings, offering 21 different sauces. Having a late night tenant will mean some adjustments for the mall, including adding extra security, Morris said.
Chipotle was founded by Steve Ells in 1993 and is known for its approach tpo healthy food. The company eliminated transfat frying in 2004 and uses only naturally raised chicken and pork. Remodeling work includes building an enclosed space for the restaurant. It will have 54 seats inside the area, with another 28 seats in a patio area in the food court.