Happenstance often a factor when it comes to naming businesses

1131167979-web-foxys4-11_5_05.jpg

A.C. Bryant, left, gets a refill of coffee as he sits at the Foxy Drive-In Friday with Gerald Clancy. Bryant is the original owner of the Foxy Drive-In, which has been in Clovis since 1956. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When people create a business, it’s not much of a stretch […]

Restaurant owner vows she’s staying

1124950009-web-BRAC7-8_25_05.jpg

Connie Rios, an employee at Da’s Tailor Shop & Dry Cleaning, folds a pair of U.S. Air Force pants Wednesday at the shop across U.S. Highway 60/84. Rios said on a busy day she will press over 200 uniforms. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Although the customers at her Thai-food […]

New China Star on its way

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent When his restaurant went up in flames on July 18, 2004, Harry Wang was sadly there for the end of an era. The Main Street restaurant was the first in a chain of China Stars that eventually sprouted in Amarillo, Lubbock, Roswell and Albuquerque. At the urging of former customers […]

Restaurant industry continues growing in Clovis

1122613380-web-applebees2-7_29_05.jpg

A server at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar spent Thursday training at the new restaurant. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer In the last year, Clovis has seen several national chains enter the restaurant market as well as numerous smaller chains and independent firms. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, which will […]

Best not to roll dice on unknown eatery

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist The Lady of the House and I have a new saying. It’s “How bad can you mess up breakfast?” First of all, I want you to know that I’m not writing about any eatery in Curry, Roosevelt, Parmer or Bailey counties. Our saying was inspired by a restaurant many miles […]

Family survived World War II by trading wine

By Don McAlavy, CNJ columnist We’ve had at least three prominent Greek families in Clovis for the last 60-70 years — the Rallis, Augustino and Asimos families. They were all in the restaurant business. Many of us may not have understood their language, but we understood their good food. This is the how the Asimos […]

‘Territorial House’ taking place of Roosevelt restaurant

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The Portales downtown area will be alive again after 5 p.m. this summer with the opening of a new restaurant. The Territorial House, which will open in the old Roosevelt restaurant location, will offer Mexican and American food. Harold Schillings, who purchased the Roosevelt, plans to open by the end […]

Student says his homework not intended to cause chaos

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The list of ingredients inside Michael Morrissey’s 30-inch burrito — steak, guacamole, lettuce, salsa, red peppers, and jalapenos — was impressive. But Morrissey never imagined a burrito would attract so much attention. Morrissey, an eighth-grader at Marshall Junior High, said his teacher encouraged him to create a commercial advertising […]

Regulations make beer and wine licenses hard to acquire

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers By Tony Parra Freedom Newspapers tony_parra@link.freedom.com PORTALES — A beer and wine license option for restaurants passed six months ago by Portales voters is having little impact. As of last week, no business owners had applied for the license, which is significantly less expensive than a liquor license but has […]

2/23 Business Digest

Blockbuster in Clovis shuts down The Blockbuster video store on North Prince Street shut down about two weeks ago, said Cindy Banister, North Plains Mall manager. She said they moved out because they just weren’t productive in Clovis. “We’re looking to get a restaurant in that building,” she said. She added while many prospective renters […]

Applebee’s latest to choose Clovis

1107845346-web-Applebees.jpg

City officials say construction on a new Applebee’s will likely begin by the end of February. The restaurant will be located about a block west of North Prince Street on Llano Estacado Boulevard. (CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Another national chain restaurant is scheduled to open in Clovis in […]

IHOP completion nears

CNJ STAFF The IHOP Restaurant being built near the Prince and 21st street intersection will be open within the next week or two, according to IHOP corporate spokesperson, Patrick Lenow. He said the building is designed to seat 132 patrons and will be the 10th IHOP location in New Mexico. The restaurant will employ between […]

Decision on sales of alcohol should rest with owners

Freedom Newspapers The recent rise in the number of Clovis restaurants selling beer and wine with meals alarms some people who see alcohol consumption of any amount as wrong. Not us. We see the change as market driven — owners who are responding to customer requests for a glass of beer or wine, and to […]

Mayor pushing for smoking ban

1093760903-web-smoke-out-illustration.jpg

Clovis Mayor David Lansford said the city tried to ban smoking in public acess building five years ago. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Clovis Mayor David Lansford is spearheading an effort to ban smoking in all public access buildings, including restaurants. The issue has smokers clawing to keep their “rights” intact. Lansford said the […]

Offering life advice a dangerous business

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist It amazes me how brilliant I am about so many things and why folks don’t more often seek my counsel. My wife Marilyn used to say, “Maybe you should stop trying to solve world problems and straighten out your own life.” I miss her wit. But to show what I […]

Officials say China Star blaze was accident

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Investigators ruled Wednesday morning that a fire at the China Star restaurant was accidental, Assistant Fire Chief Ray Westerman said. Westerman said the fire began Sunday morning near a deep fryer where a cook, Zhang Tingfa, had been changing the oil and left the room to make a […]

Officials have China Star fire set for investigation

1090306386-ChinaStarFire2.jpg

Clovis firefighters work to put out a fire Sunday at the China Star restaurant on Main Street. Fire officials said the building was a total loss. (Courtesy photo: John Bourne) By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis firefighters have secured the premises of the China Star restaurant, which burned Sunday morning, and don’t plan […]

Fire wipes out China Star

1090213077-7-19-ChinaStarFire.jpg

Clovis Fire Department Capt. Karen Burns, left, and fire investigator Jeff Allen look over damage near the entrance to the China Star restaurant on Sunday afternoon. (Staff photo: David Stevens) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Fire gutted the China Star about 9:30 on Sunday morning, closing one of Clovis’ more popular restaurants indefintely. Fire officials […]

Clovis residents share stories about their fathers and his importance in their lives.

Project Reader Reaction Project: Reader Reaction participants were asked to share stories about their fathers. Some responses: “My father is one of the best when it comes to being a family man. I have never known him to lose his temper with any of us, no matter how upsetting we could be. It was just […]

Wilson uses restaurant profits positively

What you do, say, is get this idea to start a restaurant in a little town in the New Mexico boondocks. So you do that and pretty soon you find out you are to dinner distribution what Kent Jones is to striking a golf ball. I mean, turns out you are good at this stuff. […]