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Here’s a list of some Albuquerque metro restaurants, breweries, bars and clubs to close permanently since March. “We have decided to permanently close La Crêpe Michel,” owner Claude Zamet-Wilcox wrote on the café’s website.
For more than 30 years the small café at 400 San Felipe NW had been steadily dishing up a menu of classic French cuisine mainly centered around its namesake item crêpes. Alec Lopez works behind the bar at Broken Trail Distillery & Brewery in late July.
Owner Matt Seconds said the distillery had been struggling for much of the pandemic and even indoor dining was not enough to keep the business afloat. Ultimately, he decided to close when the shut-down order was made last week to avoid losing more money.
He said that unlike other distilleries, Broken Trail was not “ideally situated” for package sales and many customers were still uncomfortable with the idea of visiting taprooms, which also limited business. The brewery and distillery opened in 2015 and produces beer, gin, vodka, rum and bourbon.
“COVID-19 has made us look at how we can survive the future of restaurants and felt that becoming The Range Café was a smart choice,” the post said. The Standard Diner, as well as the recently closed Freight House Kitchen + Tap in Bernalillo, were “sister” restaurants to the Range Café, which has multiple locations in central New Mexico.
The post said that while the restaurant is transitioning into a Range Café, popular menu items from both the Standard Diner and Freight House will be on the newly updated menu, and Standard Diner staff will remain. The first brewery opened in 2014 and co-owner Greg Nielsen said the expansion to three locations in total happened too fast and is what ultimately led to the closures.
The Riverside Plaza location will be renamed as The Hopper Brewery with plans to open once the pandemic has ended. Model Pharmacy, 3636 Monte Vista NE, is preparing to close after more than 70 years in business.
The popular neighborhood spot offers luxury beauty items and serves diner classics such as malts. While the pandemic has shut many stores prematurely, Lerner had been toying for a while with the idea of retiring.
When the store was forced to close temporarily in March, he decided it was the perfect time to retire. The closure came the same day that the new public health order barring indoor service at restaurants went into effect.
A post on the restaurant’s website announcing the closure also thanked its patrons for their support. “This is one of the hardest decisions we have had to make as a company since my dad hasn’t been here,” said Garcia, whose father founded the restaurant in 1975.
It had also long been dealing with increasing rates of crime and homelessness in the surrounding area, which made employees feel unsafe, Garcia said. Co-owner Matt Di Gregory said the high crime rate of the area combined with the prolonged temporary closure following the pandemic contributed to the decision.
“Basically the pandemic was sort of the first nail and the crime of the area has always been a big problem in that part of town,” Di Gregory said in a phone interview Thursday. The combination of social distancing restrictions, coronavirus uncertainty and a small restaurant size all led to the closure, the posting said.
Brewery owners Rick Renters and Trish Crest applied for relief loans like the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan, but they had one month to receive relief before they were unable to make rent. They did get the IDL, but by the time they received it, the couple missed their rent in April, Renters said.
“We essentially couldn’t make rent for the month of April, so we had to shut down our business,” he said. Sal and Michele Lugosi stand outside the pizzeria they ran for nearly four decades.
The Cooperage restaurant, known for its salad bar, steaks and seafood, closed permanently in April. The catering company lost contracts as businesses and individuals were forced to cancel events with large gatherings to prevent the spread of the virus, Martinez said.
The Cooperage’s main partner, Jim Schumacher, previously told the Journal that the recent and abrupt closure of Noah’s Event Venue had a big effect because the catering portion of his business had about 50 events planned through Noah’s for the rest of 2020 and into 2021. Food and drink establishments may also provide curbside pickup and/or delivery services to customers if they are legally permitted to do so, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices.
Places of lodging that have completed New Mexico Safe Certified training are allowed to operate at 40% of their maximum occupancy level. Places of lodging that have not completed the training program are permitted to operate at 25% of their maximum occupancy level.
Essential retail businesses may operate at 25% of max capacity or 75 customers at a time, whichever is smaller. Close-contact businesses may operate at 25% of max capacity or 10 customers at a time, whichever is smaller.
For more information on the New Mexico Department of Health's definitions of each business type and additional details about the new reopening framework, click here. Business/OrganizationDetails of Closure or Suspended Service ABQ Ride Some bus routes are running as normal.
African American Performing Arts Center Theater & Exhibit Hall Temporarily closed Albuquerque Bio Park Botanic Garden : Reopening December 12. Albuquerque Museum Open at limited capacity, contact for hours and potentially altered operations.
Balloon Fiesta Park Golf & Event Center Temporarily closed. City/County Public Libraries Open at limited capacity, contact for hours and potentially altered operations.
Indian Pueblo Cultural CenterIsleta Resort and Casino Contact directly for the most current information. Jerry Cline Tennis & Recreation Center Open at limited capacity, contact for hours and potentially altered operations.
National Hispanic Cultural Center Open at limited capacity, contact for hours and potentially altered operations. National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Open at limited capacity, contact for hours and potentially altered operations.
Petroglyph National Monument Visitor's Center Contact directly for the most current information. Santa Ana Star Casino and Hotel Contact for most current information.
Sawmill Market Open at limited capacity, contact for hours and potentially altered operations. Sierra Vista Tennis Facility Open at limited capacity, contact for hours and potentially altered operations.
ABQ City Limits owner says delivery and takeout service not enough to stay open BRANDON: ALBUQUERQUE CITY LIMITS, A RESTAURANT THAT’S BEEN OPEN FOR 20 YEARS, CLOSING ITS DOORS FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME.
The restaurant Albuquerque City Limits is closing its doors for the first time in 20 years. Watch this video to see why, and how the owner says the support of his customers is helping him stay positive. The restaurant Albuquerque City Limits is closing its doors for the first time in 20 years.
Lutein Grisham said the goal for restaurants to start limited dine-in service is early June. Meanwhile, over the next few weeks, Wight says restaurant owners will continue to face extremely tough times.
Wight says a survey of the association’s members indicates the number of restaurants that will permanency close will double over the next two to four weeks if no progress is made towards reopening.