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 […]

Reaction mixed to smoking ban

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Reaction by local business owners was mixed to Gov. Bill Richardson’s signing into law a statewide ban on smoking in bars, restaurants, stores and other workplaces. El Rancho Restaurant owner Rueben Garcia said he was OK with the ban. Even though the restaurant has a designated smoking section, it […]

Portales restaurants trending smoke-free

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Restaurant smoking sections are diminishing throughout the country. Although neither the state nor Portales has any ban disallowing smoking yet, some local restaurant owners are getting a head start on the trend. In May the Wagon Wheel restaurant let customers take a poll on whether to keep or ban […]

Restaurant serves free Christmas meal

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Christmas is all about tradition and the Garcia family, which owns the El Rancho Restaurant, is continuing a three-year tradition of offering a free Christmas meal to Portales residents. El Rancho Restaurant is owned by Ruben and Sara Garcia and their son Joe Garcia. “One reason we do this is […]

Enjoy Thanksgiving with turkey to go

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By Tonya Garner Brownies can be popped in the microwave and ready to eat in minutes. Salad comes in a bag, chopped, washed and ready to toss. Today’s consumers are accustomed to convenience. That’s why local stores and restaurants are offering fully cooked meals and take-out turkeys this Thanksgiving. Katie Brassfield, 33, described herself as […]

What’s in a name?

By Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson kevin_wilson@link.freedom.com When people create a business, it’s not much of a stretch to say it’s like having a new child, with months of planning leading up to uncounted extra responsibilities. Just like coping with a new family member, a business owner must give the new addition a name, and […]

New restaurant scheduled to open on the square

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Shillings’ family is anxious to open the new Territorial Restaurant and family members are hoping to have it open approximately two to three weeks from Wednesday. Harold was wanting to open the restaurant earlier in the summer, but because of some plumbing and electrical issues the opening was delayed. […]

Family opens coffee shops in Portales, Clovis

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The coffee cups pour in Portales and Clovis, as one local family has created a significant share in the growing business. Sheryl McClary and husband Kelly McClary of Portales own three coffee shops in eastern New Mexico. Sheryl McClary said the Coffee Depot in Clovis was opened November and Casa […]

Juanito’s applies for beer/wine license

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Juanito’s Mexican Restaurant is seeking to be the second restaurant in Portales which will be offering beer and wine under the new beer and wine license program approved by Portales voters in September. Juanito’s Mexican Restaurant owner Juan Garza was present to answer any questions city councilors had and […]

New eatery coming to Clovis

By David Irvin 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 open Monday, according to company officials, is the latest to join a growing group. The casual-themed restaurant features many culinary options, as […]

Restaurant set to open by end of month

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By Tony Parra 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 of June. […]

Clovis standoff ends with no one hurt

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Pastor Richard Masterson Jr. said his prayers were answered early Friday morning when a 14-hour standoff near The Restaurant at Fox Run ended without serious injury. Police said Shireen Simon (also known as Shireen Nalley) barricaded herself in a house at 2225 Llano Estacado about 1 p.m. Thursday after firing […]

Businesses are ‘primo’ family affair

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Victor and Rosario Garcia had dreams of a better life and they came to the United States from Mexico 18 years ago in pursuit of them. Through an unexpected combination of businesses, they’ve accomplished some of those dreams. Rosario Garcia is the co-owner of La Paz Authentic Mexican Food […]

Residents have mixed feelings on new hotel

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales downtown business owners have mixed feelings on exactly how much their businesses will be affected by the opening of the new Portales Inn hotel and restaurant, which will be located in the downtown area. Officials working on the Portales Inn Hotel have been optimistic that parts of the […]

Restaurants find license requirements strict

By Tony Parra Six months after Portales voters approved to have a beer and wine license option for restaurants, the city has yet to receive any applications. On Sept. 21, a beer and wine license option for restaurants passed by 36 votes — 374 for and 338 votes against. While the license is significantly less […]

Applebee’s to construct location in Clovis

By Mike Linn Another national chain restaurant is scheduled to open in Clovis in the near future. City officials said construction on an Applebee’s west of North Prince Street on Llano Estacado Boulevard will likely begin at the end of the month. “They’re getting through the process now,” said Claire Burroughes, community relations director for […]

Restaurant owner tries to serve communities

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a recurring series about local business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or longer. Tom and Gail Martin, owners of the Taco Box in Portales and Clovis, have been in the restaurant business for over three decades. Gail […]

Local restaurant to open doors again for holiday

By Tony Parra The Garcia family see the Portales residents as an extension of their family and on Christmas Day it wants them over for a holiday meal. Owners Joe, Ruben and Sara Garcia are opening the doors to the El Rancho Restaurant for a free Christmas meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on […]

Vigil family operates from afar

By Laurie Stone Editor’s Note: This story is part of a weekly series on Portales business owners who have been with their respective businesses for at least five years. For Mark Vigil and his family, owning Mark’s Restaurant and Catering has taught them the importance of lasting relationships that stand the test of time. For […]

Residents to decide on licenses today

By Tony Parra Portales voters will decide today if city restaurant owners can apply for beer and wine licenses from the state. If voters approve, restaurant owners could begin sending applications to the state’s alcohol and gaming division as early as Oct. 27. While the city already allows liquor licenses, the beer and wine license […]