Proposed restaurant to appeal zoning decision

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales City Councilors will hear an appeal of a zone change for a proposed restaurant at their meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday. Glen Johnson of J-4 Barbecue is appealing a denial of his and his partners’ request to change the zoning of a piece of property at 1309 […]

Business feature: Restaurant reopening keeps it in family

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer La Hacienda restaurant has reopened in Portales under new management, but is still in the Ornelas family. Nick Bara is the new owner. Bara said he made his mother-in-law Esther Ornelas an offer and she agreed to sell. La Hacienda closed in November after serving the Portales area for […]

La Hacienda open again

La Hacienda Mexican food restaurant reopened Monday after being closed since late last year. New owner Nick Bara said he kept the same menu but changed prices. The restaurant is open 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Rib Crib hosting benefit

Freedom New Mexico Rib Crib Barbecue in Clovis is lending a helping hand to the family of 6-year-old Harley Pena, who is fighting a rare combination of two types of acute leukemia. On Wednesday, the restaurant will donate 15 percent of its profits made from 4-10 p.m. to the Pena family. Manager Tommy Cardonita said […]

Local restaurant hosting record release party

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Freedom New Mexico Local musician Keeson Bell will perform at a Blues Farm Records CD release party Saturday at Kripple Creek Restaurant. Blues Farm Records country recording artist Mark Kelley is bringing the release party for his December album to Clovis. Mark Kelley released his second CD, ‘Til I Get Home, in December of 2008. […]

La Hacienda closing after 33 years

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Sarah Meyer: PNT staff writer Today will be the last day of business for a 33-year-old Portales restaurant. The family-owned and operated La Hacienda is closing its doors. Esther Ornelas, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Crespin, said the decision to close the restaurant has been difficult. “We’ve been wrestling with it since September,” […]

Police investigate shooting report at Clovis restaurant

Freedom New Mexico Shots were fired, but no injuries were reported during an incident at Clovis’ Kentucky Fried Chicken on Wednesday afternoon. A KFC manager said the shooting occurred near the restaurant’s drive-thru. “One of our employees’ ex-boyfriend was trying to shoot at her (current) boyfriend,” said Manager Rosie Wesley, but added, “nobody (really) knows […]

On the lookout

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico As Branden Marshall entered La Hacienda Restaurant in Portales, he was greeted by the owners and manager. Carrying a clipboard, Marshall headed directly to the kitchen. His first order of business; washing his hands. Marshall is one of three health inspectors with the New Mexico Environment Department based in […]

Beatlemania hits Tucumcari Thursday

Freedom New Mexico Paul McCartney visited an antique shop and restaurant on Thursday, according to customers and store owners. McCartney and a lady friend visited with Ruth Daniel at her shop, Things, on Route 66. Then he moved on to Del’s Restaurant for lunch, also on Route 66, where he ordered a take-out. According to […]

Restaurant eyed as source of salmonella outbreak in Portales

Karl Terry State health officials are investigating the possibility of a link between six reported cases of salmonella and a Portales restaurant, according to a New Mexico Department of Health press release. All six people ate at La Hacienda Restaurant in Portales prior to becoming ill, according to Dr. Winona Stoltzfus, regional health officer for […]

Fringes of restaurant reviewer fleeting

Helena Rodriguez In a former life, I was a restaurant critic. Yum! Sounds like an appetizing job, right? Well, this was not always the case. I eventually discovered that one man’s chicken is another man’s tuna. What I really mean is, one reporter’s good restaurant experience one day can be one editor’s bad restaurant experience […]

Burger King making comeback

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales can begin preparing for the return of the King — Burger King that is. Roger Simer, who recently reopened Burger King in Clovis is now working hard to get a restaurant open in Portales. They hope to have the former Burger King location at Second Street and South […]

Clovis restaurant robbed Thursday at gunpoint

Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Juanito’s celebrates 25 years in business

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico 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 to support, he saw an opportunity with an empty building in Clovis. His father-in-law co-signed for the building, and Juan and wife […]

Some events merit waste of text

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Think it’s racism? Do some research

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Breastfeeding group seeks to educate

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers 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 Zamora. […]

Clovis pizza location closed

Freedom Newspapers CiCi’s Pizza in Clovis is closed, according to company spokespeople. The Clovis franchisee chose to close the restaurant at 1913 N. Prince St. at the end of the day Wednesday, they said. “He continues to look in that whole area” for a new location, CiCi’s Pizza vice president of training Steve Hawter said. […]

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.

Taquerias offer authentic Mexico taste

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A taqueria is a small taco stand popular along the beaches and city streets of Mexico. In the High Plains, however, a taqueria is a brightly-painted restaurant offering authentic Mexican cuisine. Taqueria Jalisco and La Espiga de Oro of Clovis and La Paz restaurante in Portales are not your typical […]