The Afterlife of Albuquerque Bars and Restaurants
989. That’s how many FileMaker records need to be sifted through in order to clean up our tired old calendars database. Each record represents a venue—a bar, a gallery, a restaurant, a coffee shop, a theater—where something was or is listed in our paper. This is going to take a while.
Of course, many of these places are gone now. That’s why I’m going through all those records, to weed out the expired ones. I’ve only gone through the first 100 so far. Here’s a preliminary list of Albuquerque bar/restaurant type places that used to be but are no more, and what’s become of those addresses since.
Sisters’ and Brothers’ Bookstore was right next door to Insomnia Coffeehouse --> both are still empty
Blue Dragon --> still empty
IryshMac’s Coffeehouse --> Rasoi Indian Cuisine
Pearl’s Dive --> Blackbird Buvette
Golden West Saloon --> ash and rubble
Chelsea Street Pub & Grill --> eaten by Coronado
O’Niell’s Uptown --> Uptown Sports Bar
Le Café Miche --> still empty, right?
Midnight Rodeo/Gotham--> still empty
Rio Grande Big Dog’s Grill --> still empty, right?
Martini Grille --> Cosmo
Raw, Liquid Lounge --> Sauce, Proof
The Walls --> Farina Pizza
Our Place II --> paparazzi nightclub
Joker's Pub --> Wileys
Pulse --> still empty
La Posada de Albuquerque --> still empty
OPM --> Lotus
Sonny’s Bar and Grille --> still empty
La Piazza --> Fremonts Fine Foods
Famous Sam’s --> still empty
Brian O’Brien’s --> still empty, fire damage
Albuquerque Petroleum Club --> still empty
Assets Grille --> Independence Grill
Stella Blue --> La Provence
La Cuisine French Bistro --> 100 other restaurants that also closed
New Chinatown Restaurant --> still empty
The Paramount, Santa Fe --> a big dirt pit