Pizza restaurant reopening

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Argen Duncan Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza in Portales is reopening Oct. 26 under new management. Kevin and Donna Bond of Portales are taking over the store, which closed earlier this year, with their friend Oma Creighton. Papa Murphy’s is located at 421 S. Ave. C. The pizza store first opened in the fall [...]

My Turn: Chef offers cooking advice

Argen Duncan New York resident and India native Suvir Saran is a chef, chef instructor, farmer, blogger, cookbook author and restaurant owner. I met him during his trip to this area last week. Suvir is personable and articulate, and not above dishing out a little good-natured ribbing. He told me he’s cooked as long as [...]

1-28 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 21 Restaurant tax would fund promos A measure (HB 189) carried by Rep. Jim Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, would generate between $6 and $6.5 million for the state’s Department of Tourism advertising budget. The 1/4 of one percent tax would be imposed “on the gross receipts of a prepared food or alcoholic [...]

Bill would allow firearms in restaurants

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican People with licenses to carry concealed guns could take their firearms into restaurants that serve beer and wine under a bill that zipped through a Senate committee on Wednesday. Senate Bill 40, sponsored by Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup, cleared the Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee by a 7-1 vote. [...]

Business feature: Owners bought restaurant to build legacy

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PNT staff Kelly and Sheryl McClary bought Pat’s Twin Cronnie 10 years ago as something their children could take over when they retired. “When we bought it, our oldest daughter was married and the youngest was still at home,” Sheryl McClary said. McClary said being able to own a business and work with their children [...]

Free lunch fills volunteers with holiday cheer

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Volunteers helping with a free Christmas dinner Friday at El Rancho Restaurant say the opportunity to help the community is more than enough reward. Eva McAfoos has been serving the Portales community for five years at the annual free dinner hosted by the Garcia family. “I used to work [...]

Restaurant hosts annual community dinner

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer El Rancho Restaurant is reaching out with Christmas turkey and posole once again this year. The restaurant is continuing its tradition of serving a free Christmas dinner for the sixth year. The meal is free and open to anyone. “We just get all kinds of people from all walks [...]

In tribute: Restaurant owner sought to fill need

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Jesse Leal didn’t have a big business plan with hopes of riches and success. Instead, he and his wife, Irma, wanted to fill a need in the community. Jesse Leal, 79, founder of Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurants, died Friday in Clovis after a lengthy illness. He was surrounded by [...]

Council to vote on restaurant grant

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Portales City Council is set to vote on whether to provide $50,000 in economic development assistance to Vines Italian Restaurant. The vote is part of the agenda for the council meeting at 7 p.m. today in City Hall. Vines owner Mark Vigil said he applied for the money [...]

Business feature: El Rancho immersed in community

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The El Rancho Restaurant celebrates 20 years of serving the Portales community this month. Owners of the family-owned business say they are working to give back blessings they have received through the course of the year. A little history: Joe Garcia and his parents, Ruben and Sara Garcia, own [...]