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Eastern Hills Mall may land entertainment/dining complex

Eastern Hills Mall is in talks with Latitude 360, a Florida-based entertainment complex, to fill space vacated by Dave & Buster’s, the mall confirmed Thursday.

Latitude 360 is a concept similar to Dave & Buster’s, which is sometimes referred to as a Chuck E. Cheese’s for adults. In addition to a restaurant and bowling alley, the typical Latitude 360 boasts a live stand-up comedy club, live music performances, a dine-in movie theater, dance bar, sports theater, game room, outdoor patio and pizza bar. Venues range in size from 50,000 to 70,000 square feet.

Each Latitude 360 includes these attractions:

• The 100-seat Cinegrille, a high-definition movie theater with reclining seats and trays, a high-definition 25-foot-by-11-foot screen and digital surround sound. It offers full lunch and dinner service as well as alcoholic beverages.

• Axis Bar & Stage, a nightclub, dance floor and music venue with full food and bar service and giant HD TV screens capable of live-streaming concerts and other live events.

• The 360 Grille restaurant, an upscale, contemporary-casual dining concept with a brick pizza oven, featuring American cuisine, such as sandwiches, salads, grilled entrees and seafood.

• The 100-seat HD Sports Theater, with multiple high-definition televisions as well as a Jumbotron and a 200-inch projection screen.

• Bonkerz Comedy Club, which hosts comedy shows every Friday and Saturday, and also serves as the club’s live-music venue and corporate events space. It seats 170.

• Bowling lanes surrounded by digital screens, with seating, music and full bar and restaurant service.

• A game room with more than 70 video and arcade games.

The company has four locations: Jacksonville, Fla.; Indianapolis; Pittsburgh and Albany.

Dave & Buster’s is expected to open in a two-story, 30,000-square-foot addition at Walden Galleria by fall.

Lots of other changes are underway elsewhere in Eastern Hills. The mall will welcome a handful of new tenants, while some current ones will expand their presence, making up for occupancy lost recently when two national retailers went defunct.

LaRussa Men’s Shop, known for its affordable men’s suits, will fill 4,000-square feet formerly occupied by Ascension Martial Arts. The locally-owned retailer, which also sells shirts, sweaters and shoes, should be open by July 1.

Sweet Keaton, a local, independent, casual food shop, took over the former 1,700-square-foot Mrs. Fields store. It sells homemade cookies, smoothies and baked goods.

A yet-to-be-named combination tattoo parlor and barbershop is also planned for the mall this August in the Sears wing.

Honey Hill Pet Store will move to a bigger 4,000-square-foot space in August in order to expand and add a grooming salon. The remodel will create more of a boutique atmosphere. The mall also recently gained a Wet Vapes store, a retailer of electronic cigarettes and accessories. The full-sized store is located near the food court.

Ascension Martial Arts has doubled its space to 8,000-square-feet by moving into the former Deb Shop location. The mixed martial arts studio, formerly called Buffalo Training Center, has added all new cages and mats.

Maui Whitening, a teeth-whitening salon, opened late last month. It is a national franchise with Clarence-based owners.

Mac Solutions Plus, a licensed Apple dealer, expanded into the former Brooks Brothers 346 store. It’s the third time that store has expanded.

The new and expanded stores leave just 7,000 vacant square feet in the nearly 1 million-square-foot mall, all of which will be filled by the time the latest stores come on board.

In October, Brooks Brothers announced it would kill its outlet line, Brooks Brothers 346. In January, 80-year old clothing retailer Deb Shops began liquidating its 287 stores across the country.

“I’m so fortunate that, as national names continue to falter and close all their location, we have such great, strong locals and regionals waiting to fill the space,” said Russell Fulton, the mall’s manager.