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 [...]