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 […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Books or movies, money for college and a fickle rodent

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Book signing Mystery writer Darynda Jones will be autographing copies of her debut novel from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Vines Restaurant in Portales. “First Grave on the Right” is set in Albuquerque and categorized in the paranormal romance genre. Question […]

Portales residents line up for community dinner

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Melvin McAfoos, right, talks to a little boy Saturday after snatching a dessert from the bar to take to a customer during the rush at El Rancho Restaurant’s annual free Christmas dinner. Clarence Plank The seventh annual free Christmas dinner at El Rancho Restaurant Saturday was a time for many […]

Attractiveness lies with symmetry

While at a restaurant drive-through last week, I encountered a nice lady, maybe a little older than me, who told me … well, I can’t tell you exactly what she told me as it may prove a tad PG-13 for the Quay County Sun. Suffice it to say she made a flattering comment about my […]

Christmas dinner takes year of planning

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Joe Garcia, co-owner of El Rancho Restaurant, places a pan in the buffet bar in preparation for the free Christmas dinner on Christmas Day. Clarence Plank The Garcia family starts planning a year in advance for the annual free Christmas dinner at El Rancho Restaurant. Co-owner Joe Garcia said every […]

In tribute: Restaurant founder remembered for generosity

Argen Duncan A public memorial service for Cattle Baron restaurant founder Jeffrey Walter Wilson, remembered as a supporter of youth and a good employer, is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Monday at the Roswell Civic Center. Wilson died Sunday in Roswell at the age of 57. “He was a very generous man, helped the community any […]

Business digest: Restaurant manager recognized

Restaurant manager recognized Clovis’ Red Lobster’s general manager has been recognized for his service to Darden Restaurants. Jason Cooper of Clovis recently received the Diamond Club Award, a top honor for the national company, according to a company press release. Cooper was recognized for “living Red Lobster’s core values of respect, integrity, genuine caring, hospitality […]

$9,000 stolen from Subway in overnight break-in

CNJ staff Clovis police said the Subway restaurant at Prince Street and Mabry Drive was burglarized. Police Chief Steve Sanders said employees found a front window broken when they arrived at work early Thursday. He said the burglary was reported at 6:40 a.m. Subway Manager Stephanie Martinez said she came to work at 6:35 a.m. […]

Police blotter — May 25

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 7 p.m. May 4 an officer responded to a restaurant in the 200 block of Seventh Street for a report of theft. A clerk told the officers a group of five young children ordered $46 in food. She said when she […]

CHS’s Judy Uerling named ProStart Teacher of the Year for New Mexico

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Judy Uerling is the 2010 ProStart Teacher of the Year for New Mexico. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School ProStart teacher Judy Uerling is the 2010 ProStart Teacher of the Year for New Mexico by the National Restaurant Associaton’s Hospitality Industry Education Foundation. Each state can select […]

Bill would allow concealed weapons in restaurants

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican People with licenses to carry concealed guns could take their firearms into restaurants that serve beer and wine under a bill that zipped through a Senate committee on Wednesday. Senate Bill 40, sponsored by Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup, cleared the Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee by a […]