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MADISON , Ala. (WHNT) - After roughly fifteen years in downtown Madison, Bandito Burrito's owner tells us their 'Open' sign will soon dim for the last time.

They'll close the restaurant at the end of the year.

But owner Larry Anderson also says he's ready.  He says they do good business, but now he can focus on other properties in downtown.

He'll turn over the Bandito location to Old Black Bear.  Right next door to Bandito, the brewery should start churning out beer soon.

Old Black Bear Owner Todd Seaton tells us, "Construction is scheduled to end March 1st."

A taproom and restaurant will move into Bandito around the same time.

They still have questions on how they'll follow the famed burritos here.

Seaton says they continue to work on a menu with a chef they've brought in. They want the food to match the beer.

Anderson says he's looking forward to building on already successful city improvements, saying, "We see increased traffic. We see increased pedestrian traffic. People walking around. The city has just done a wonderful thing for the downtown area."

Still there are empty storefronts. Anderson owns a few of them. He hopes changing Bandito Burrito to a taproom will be a step forward for the whole area. "It's an attraction. People will come down here to see the uniqueness of a brewery, especially a brewery in the old downtown area.

And now that the city work has made its improvements, Anderson says he'll have a few of his own. "We're going to be renovating some of the other buildings that we own up and down the street and getting them ready for tenants and hopefully bring more business to the downtown area."