EVO Entertainment Group set to open new location in Hutto

EVO Entertainment Group is set to open a new location in Hutto in 2024. The $25 million project will break ground in the spring.

"It's humbling and exciting for us," said Mitch Roberts, founder and CEO of EVO Entertainment.

The venue will be over 53,000 square feet and include eight theaters, 10 bowling lanes, 7,200 square feet of gaming and attractions, as well as food and drinks.

Several Hutto residents say they're looking forward to having entertainment right at home. 

"I'm excited to have something to do around here. There's not a lot to do except eating unless we go to Round Rock, so I really hope they get something good," resident Hannah Loveless said.

"I think it's great that Hutto is growing, we're having our own movie theater, and we don't have to fight traffic going to Pflugerville or Round Rock," resident Norma Ridenour said. 

Roberts says he grew up in San Marcos and started the company in Kyle. 

"Why not Hutto, just an incredible town, growing like a weed and to go from 1,500 people in 2,000 to over 30,000 today, to be close to home, to be such a great family community, it checks all of our boxes," he said.

The venue will be off of US 79 near SH 130. 

The city says this will be a major economic boost and create at least 40 full-time jobs.

"It's huge actually, not only is there a lot of property tax involved because they're building a pretty technically-savvy type of building, so that's probably $30 million, $40 million of annual property tax, there's also the entertainment and sales tax-related revenue," Bob Farley, director of economic development for the city of Hutto, said. 

After about six months in the works, this will be EVO's first ground-up build since the pandemic.

"It's a win-win for the citizens and the taxpayers," Farley said.