GLENS FALLS The screens at a longtime downtown restaurant-and-movie business will be lit again next week, after a major renovation by its new owners.
The 190 Grille & Cinema, formerly Aimie’s Dinner & Movie, opened a new dining area Monday, featuring what co-owner Heather O’Neill defined as “upscale casual” lunch and dinner menus. Though work continues on one of the business’s two theaters, the other is expected to start showing movies later in the week, once finishing touches are complete, O’Neill said.
“What movie (will be first)? Well, we’ve got to surprise everybody,” O’Neill said. “It will be a surprise to me. My brother and I are going to be pretty much working together to decide on the movies we’ll be showing.”
O’Neill’s brother, Joe, her father, Joe, and her mother, Nancy, are also involved with the business. O’Neill and her mother closed the Olde Post Grille, located on the Million Dollar Half Mile in Queeensbury, on Jan. 18, after 13 years in business.
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O’Neill said they decided to leave the Route 9 location because the building’s owner, David Kenny, had talked about demolishing the structure to make room for more outlet stores, and the lease for the restaurant space was up.
O’Neill called the move “bittersweet.”
“I opened (The Olde Post Grille) the same year my first child was born, and not too long after, my second came along,” she said. “For me, it’s just been an extension of my family. It’s been so much a part of my life for 13 years, and even my kids’ lives.”
Though the debut movie hasn’t been picked, O’Neill said she’s excited about hosting a Super Bowl party. Reservations are being taken now, and the available space is likely to go fast, O’Neill said.
“We’ll have chicken wings, flat-bread pizzas,” O’Neill said. “We have, literally, the most amazing chicken wings you could ever experience in your entire life.”
The business employs 45 now, and O’Neill said she’s still hiring. Most of the business’s employees came over from the Olde Post Grille, O’Neill said. Others were retained from Aimie’s Dinner & Movie.
The business’s new dining area has been completely redecorated — it was previously a lobby area. The interior of the theaters have new paint, lighting and fresh upholstery, as well. And the speaker systems in both theaters have been replaced, O’Neill said.
The bar area, formerly called Wallabee’s Jazz Bar, has been renovated and now features 12 taps, offering several local craft beers. The bar’s seating has all been converted to high-top tables, and it will have live entertainment on special occasions going forward, O’Neill said.
The bar will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays, and until midnight Fridays and Saturdays.
The restaurant will be open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, but will be open until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
More information about movie showings and start times will be added to the business’s new website, once it is completed. It will be located at the190grille.com. The business also has Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds, O’Neill said.
“I told my kids I’ll pay them 50 cents every time they post something on Instagram or they tweet,” she said.
The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 190 Grille & Cinema at 4 p.m. on Thursday. O’Neill said everyone is welcome to see the changes and get an idea of the culinary offerings.
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