Citizens split over sales

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis residents will decide during the March 4 municipal elections whether to give restaurants the ability to serve alcohol on Sundays. While restaurant owners and managers say Sunday alcohol sales will help their bottom line, some Clovis residents argue the cost will be passed on to the community in […]

Ben’s Bar-B-Q closes

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Aside from a big “Closed” sign taped to the door, Ben’s Bar-B-Q on Prince Street still looks open. Chairs and tables still populate the floor and a menu above the counter spells out items the restaurant has been serving for about 20 years. But the doors of the barbecue […]

Taco Bell hopes to reopen after weekend fire

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Tony Martinez, owner of Splish Splosh Window Cleaners of Farwell, cleans the windows Tuesday at Taco Bell. A small kitchen fire Sunday led to the restaurant being closed until repairs could be made, state officials said. It is scheduled to reopen today. CNJ staff Taco Bell on Prince Street is […]

Restaurant robbed at gunpoint

CNJ staff Ben’s Barbecue was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night as employees were closing the restaurant, according to police. A masked male suspect took more than $1,000 in cash contained in two deposit bags, Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Around 9 p.m. a female employee was in the back of the restaurant, located at […]

Business Feature: Juanito’s celebrates silver anniversary

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Juan Garza and his wife, Noemi, started Juanito’s restaurant in 1982 and expanded to Portales in 1992. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The year was 1982, and Juan “Juanito” Garza was just another Muleshoe resident in his early 20s, working at a Mexican restaurant. With a family of four […]

Texting yourself costs twice as much

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I was out of town on business, and it was dinnertime. Being dinnertime, I was hungry, so much so that driving home on an empty stomach was no option. I knew people in this city, but chose to go it alone for two reasons. First, time is money, and […]

Citizen starts petition for Sunday alcohol sales

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A city restaurant manager plans to distribute a petition by the end of October to push for Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants. Robin Howe, who said he is part of a group called the Committee for Clovis Progress, hopes to garner enough signatures to have the proposal on the […]

‘How bad can it be?’ invites trouble

By Grant McGee: Local columnist My friend Robyne Beaubien heard The Lady of the House and I were heading up to Amarillo. “Don’t take I-27,” Robyne said. “They’re repaving it and it’s a mess.” She suggested we take an alternate route. The day came for our trip and we headed up the road. As we […]

Think it’s racism? Do some research

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A few weeks ago, we at Freedom New Mexico were afforded the opportunity to speak with Clovis native Jerry Large, who now works as a columnist for the Seattle Times. Large spoke with us about journalism and his history in it, and it sounded like we could be the […]

Business Feature: Leal’s celebrates 50 years of spice

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Quannah Saiz, left, and Monica Lott of Clovis have lunch Monday at Leal’s restaurant on Mabry Drive. The pair said they’ve been coming to Leal’s for years. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Sergio Leal begins each day at 4:30 a.m. making homemade tortillas in Muleshoe. From there the tortillas […]

Breastfeeding group seeks to educate

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis breastfeeding support group believes education is the best way to spotlight the issue of breastfeeding in public. Although they have had no problems with the local Applebee’s restaurant, the group supports a nationwide protest planned for today against the national restaurant chain, according to group spokeswoman Heidi […]

Fire damages Kripple Creek restaurant

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A fire started about 1 a.m. Monday at the Kripple Creek restaurant and caused significant damage to the kitchen, fire officials said. CNJ staff A fire early Monday morning caused significant damage to the Kripple Creek restaurant on north Prince Street, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. The business […]

Business Feature: Burger King making comeback

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Burger King, located on Prince Street, is scheduled to reopen in September. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis residents will be able to have it their way again in September. Three years after it closed, the Burger King on Prince Street will reopen. Work on the property started last […]

Democratic Party hosting women’s luncheon

Freedom Newspapers The Curry County Democratic Party women’s luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Golden Corral restaurant, 3501 N. Prince St., Clovis. Reorganization will be discussed. For information, contact Elaine Howell, vice chairman, Curry County Democrats, at 763-7019.

KENW’s auction begins Saturday

CNJ staff KENW-TV’s 31st annual auction begins Saturday and runs through June 16. This year’s auction will be conducted online at auction.kenw.org, according to a press release from KENW-TV. The auction features more than 2,000 items, from family vacations to restaurant certificates, donated by businesses in support of public television. Supporters can register to bid […]

Restaurant close to opening

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CNJ staff photo: Cortney Graham Burgers, Fries and Cherry Pies restaurant was voted as having the best burgers in Lubbock by Lubbock Avalanche-Journal readers in 2006. The chain‘s Clovis store is set to open in June. CNJ staff Clovis fans of Burgers, Fries and Cherry Pies won’t have to drive to Lubbock much longer. The […]

Kicking O.J. out of restaurant good business move

By Freedom Newspapers Jeff Ruby’s restaurants are the kinds of places people go to spend an evening with friends and sometimes bump into someone famous. Ruby, a longtime Cincinnati restaurateur, works hard to maintain his company’s reputation for fine steaks and seafood and providing a great place for customers to relax and enjoy themselves. So […]

Police seek alleged embezzler

CNJ Staff Police are seeking a warrant for a woman who allegedly embezzled more than $1,000 from a fast-food restaurant in the 2800 block of North Prince Street, according to police reports. The restaurant manager said he had noticed money missing in mid-March and talked to the worker assigned to the register showing shortages, the […]

License reinstated for buffet

CNJ Staff The New Mexico Environment Department’s Environmental Health Division reinstated the food establishment permit for Fuzhou Buffet in Clovis after determining management corrected all high-risk violations of state food service regulations, according to a news release. Restaurant managers moved the restaurant’s grease trap outdoors, which eliminated the potential contamination of the food supply, the […]

‘Man downtown’ deserving of good meal

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Within Clovis’ hundred years of history, some colorful characters have called Clovis home. There was once a man our then-grade school children called the “strange guy.” Many readers will remember this man. The first time we noticed him was at the old Furr’s grocery store at 10th and Main streets. […]