Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Restaurant, Bar Opens Downtown.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Michelle Pentz Journal Staff Writer

* National chain helps promote revitalization project

Some see the project as the heralding of Downtown's long-awaited revitalization project. Others view it as just another entertainment spot that may or may not float.

Whichever, the tropically inspired, humongous Banana Joe's Sports Bar & Grill opened Thursday night with great fanfare: cars backed up on Central, lineups at the door and a VIP cocktail hour.

The 21,000-square-foot Caribbean-theme restaurant and lounge, originally scheduled to open in May, took over the former American Warehouse, a historic building at 608 Central SW between Sixth and Seventh streets. …

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