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Dinner and a movie

For many residents of the greater Rutland region, it's a relatively new idea in entertainment: the cinebistro. The hybrid bistro-cinema concept, born in southern Florida and spreading ever northward, combines dinner and a movie under one roof at an affordable, family oriented price.

Well, get ready for this region's first cinebistro-its called New England Draft House on Main Street in downtown Granville, N.Y. And when it opens next week, this unique establishment will be easily accessible for Rutland folks interested in trying something new and different.

For families (and individuals, too), it's an inexpensive way to share in the fun of dining and watching an ultra-sharp H.D. movie on a giant screen. Granville's cinebistro debut is set for St. Patrick's Day, Tuesday, March 17. As its name implies, beer (along with wine) will be on tap for adult customers, but the owners stress theirs is not really a bar; it will not appeal to the typical bar-scene crowd.

Lind and John Wisniewski of Granville decided now is the ideal time to take the plunge and open a cinebistro. In a bad economy, families still want to get out and do things; now they can do it on a shoestring budget. It's a cleaver idea whose time has finally arrived.

Located at 31 Main St., New England Draft House will share a building with local New England Farms, an award-winning New York-Vermont maker of local maple syrup products. Dinner and showtimes at the draft house will be Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only. For $3 to $4 a movie plus a $7-plus meal, you can't go wrong.

The Wisniewskis moved to the Vermont-New York slate region from West Palm Beach, Fla., in November. They spent a lot of time in the land where the cinebistro concept hatched, so they have a lot of expertise in just what makes the concept succeed. It's such a novel idea for this area that it's bound to catch on.

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