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. […]