Reader-submitted: Former resident seeking restaurant information

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Courtesy photo New Mexico native Robert Patrick O’Connor is looking for information on his parents, Stan and Jo Durkee, and the Artistocrat restaurant they briefly ran in Clovis in 1950. A former New Mexico resident working on a history book is looking for people who remember his parents’ ties to Clovis and a restaurant that […]

Melrose residents holding benefit for restaurant, tire shop

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File photo Melrose Tire Service, known in the village as Dale’s Tire Shop, was damaged in an October fire. Residents are holding a dinner, dance and charity auction to help defray rebuilding costs for the shop, which opened in 1991. Kevin Wilson It’s first and foremost a business, but longtime owner Dale Bigler would also […]

Voters should support Sunday alcohol sales

Portales restaurant owners should decide what’s best for their restaurants. Not the mayor. Not the city council. Not a preacher. Not anyone else. That seems pretty basic to freedom lovers: Run your business as you see fit. But the law doesn’t allow for that common-sense interpretation. So Portales is holding an election Tuesday to see […]

‘Dale’s Restaurant’ in Melrose damaged by fire

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The interior of Melrose Tire, known to village residents as “Dale’s Restaurant,” burned Sunday night in a fire. The fire has left residents without a daily restaurant, a place to fix flats or get diesel fuel. Kevin Wilson The giant white block letters on the red facade couldn’t be more […]

Officers remove badger from outside 21st Street restaurant

Sharna Johnson Whether it was looking for a late-night snack or just lost its way, a badger that wandered into the bushes at a Clovis fast-food restaurant Sunday night attracted a lot more attention than it bargained for. Around 8 p.m. Clovis police and animal control were dispatched to Taco Box on 21st Street across […]

Twin Cronnie Drive-In sold

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Amanda Rodarte, an employee at Twin Cronnie Drive-In, preps tater tots for the afternoon. The drive-in is now under operation of Walter Bradley’s family, following the purchase from Clint Harden. The restaurant was opened in 1952. Kevin Wilson Clint Harden learned about making food, making a dollar and the importance […]

Former Clovis resident opening microbrewery, restaurant

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Justin Cole pours one of his homemade brews in the building on Main Street in Portales where his restaurant and microbrewery will open in March 2012. Cole said he has been home brewing for six years and has been planning his own business for the last two years. Freedom New […]

Everybody’s Business: Planning important in restaurant field

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer Why would anyone want to open a restaurant? Ask any person who owns, has owned, or has worked in a restaurant; most will tell you it’s not a good idea to start another one. Then why is one of the most popular new business ideas seen by Small Business Development Centers nationwide […]

Monday morning briefing: A holy day, celebrity waiters and a big shake

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Passover begins Today marks the Jewish holy day of Passover. It begins at sundown and commemorates the story of Exodus and the Israelites freedom from slavery in Egypt. Celebrity waiters Those local celebrity waiters tending to your needs at Cotton Patch restaurant in Clovis […]

Clovis restaurant to change hands

CNJ staff The ownership of the Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizza store in Portales has entered into an agreement to purchase the Clovis store, which has been closed since the holiday season. Oma Creighton, co-owner of the Portales location, said the goal is to re-open the location on Prince Street in early March. “It’s […]