$5 MILLION ENTERTAINMENT CENTER PLANNED IN McALLEN


Facility will have bowling alley, arcade, restaurant and lounge rooms McALLEN - Miguel Kamel flipped through glossy pages of artist renderings of his new$5 million entertainment center while sitting inside a coffee shop on Expressway 83 on a recent weekday afternoon.He traced a finger along the company's logo of the letter "e" inside a glowing circle and said it stood for Europa.

"Not too expensive,but a completely different experience and place for adults to hangout at night," Kamel said. "I think it inspires the image of elegance from the old country (in Europe). Inside it will be just beautiful."

On a 2.4-acre lot, a sleek geometric gray building with glass paneled balcony, fountains and underground parking garage is planned to sit on the corner of Expressway 83 and Taylor Road by summer 2016.

Inside the more than 26, 200-square-foot building, there's planned to be space for several bowling lanes, two of which may be separated for private parties, about 30 arcade games and VIP rooms. Modern spherical chandeliers are planned on the inside bar area,with LED screen ceilings."At the end of the lanes,we'll have a video wall -that's very unique," he said.

Children will be allowed inside and there are plans for a Mediterranean and Latin-inspired menu. At night, there will be more of an adult friendly atmosphere, he said.

Kamel and his group of Mexican investors were also initially involved in the Harbor development planned at Expressway 83 and Bentsen Road that remains dormant today.


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