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New Mexico Eateries

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La Cita Restaurant
Tucumcari, NM

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2012:
The La Cita Restaurant opened in 1940. In 1961, the restaurant moved to this location and brought along this sombrero-shaped pole sign. The building's sombrero entrance was added later. The pole sign was restored in 2002. It was repainted the original red and black. The motor was repaired enabling the sign to revolve as it did originally. The neon and chasing bulbs were also restored. After the sign's restoration, the building was also repainted. It has been many different colors over the years, including pink. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. [map]

Pancake Alley Diner
Las Cruces, NM
The Pancake Alley Diner opened in 1969. The building also housed a key store at that time. There were neon letters along the roofline originally that read "Pancakes" and "Chicken". For more, see this website. [map]

Chat & Chew
Shiprock, NM
The Chat & Chew looks like it has been here since at least the 1960s. [map]

Chef Bernie's
Farmington, NM
Chef Bernie's opened in 1967 and features Mexican and American food. [map]

Lucky Boy Restaurant
Albuquerque, NM
The Lucky Boy Restaurant opened in 1968. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Blake's Lotaburger
Las Cruces, NM
Blake's Lotaburger
Gallup, NM
Blake's Lotaburger
Central Ave.
Albuquerque, NM

Blake's Lotaburger
Washington St. NE
Albuquerque, NM

Blake's Lotaburger
Coors Blvd.
Albuquerque, NM
Blake's Lotaburger was founded in 1952 by Blake Chanslor who built the first location in Albuquerque. There are now about 76 locations in New Mexico, about half of them in Albuquerque. The Central Ave. and Coors Blvd. locations shown above are older locations which have outdoor tables with umbrellas. The Washington St. location is from 1953 and is the oldest survivor of the chain. It has two car hop canopies. The Gallup location appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. I believe Blake's color scheme has always been red, white and blue. The "Blake's Man" plastic sign is about 10-15 feet tall with poles for legs. The Las Cruces location has a modern version of the plastic sign. For more, see this website.

[Las Cruces map]
[Gallup map]
[Central Ave. map]
[Washington map]
[Coors map]

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