The Afterlife of Albuquerque Bars and Restaurants: Part II
Hallelujah! My Sisyphusian task of sorting through the Alibi's ancient calendar contact records is completed. As promised, here's the second half of the extinct places I shook loose from our database, and what's become of them since. (The first half is here. ... And I knocked it down from 989 records to 650 on the nose, in unlikely event you were wondering.)
Rio Grande Yacht Club --> ?
Rio Grande Cantina --> St. Clair Winery & Bistro
Café Broadway --> Several places, all gone now
Café Voila --> ?
Town House Lounge --> Still empty
Café Next Door (it was next door to Brothers and Sisters) --> Still empty
Copeland’s Restaurant --> Still empty
Johnny Carino's --> 1st location (next to Sweet Tomatoes) empty, second (Century Rio lot) is Nick + Jimmy's (from Yanni's)
Gin Mill --> looks like a "discount steakhouse" has opened there
Café Riviera --> several galleries/cafes, all closed now
La Siringitu --> Wimpy Burger --> Little Red Hamburger Hut
Mr. K’s Chinese Restaurant (formerly New Chinatown) --> empty
Blue Corn Tap Room --> Chama River Tap Room
Jamaica Jamaica --> New "bistro" of some sort
Graze (and Kanome before that) --> Nob Hill Bar and Grill
Relaxations --> A boxing gym?
Mediterranean Café --> Quesada's
Alfredo's Coffeehouse --> empty
Marty G.’s Diner --> I think this later became that Hot Diggity Dog place over on North Second, which is also long-gone
Blu (the back half of Pulse, totally 80s) --> empty
Empire ( + G-Spot Lounge) --> half of O'Neill's
Albuquerque Mining Company --> empty
The Phoenix --> ?
District Bar & Grill --> empty
Swig (Santa Fe) --> uh, Fusion Restaurant & Night Club? No idea.
Gulp --> Nob Hill Bar and Grill
Harlow's on the Hill (which was Club Rhythm & Blues before that) --> Obama for President HQ, now empty
Ground Zero --> ?
Bear Assets Bar --> I just talked to Joe Anderson about this place. He mentioned he's working on a new venue there. Gutting the place. Installing live American roots music like blues, Rockabilly. That part of town could really use a good neighborhood joint at night.
Nuts and Bolts --> ?
Laffs Comedy Club --> empty
Out ch’Yonda --> empty?
Hiland Theater --> giant meth lab
Gorilla Tango Comedy Theatre --> Village Roaster Coffee
Donkey Gallery --> empty. (and Larry Bob moved to Cruces)
Sol Arts --> Cirq
Windchime Champagne Gallery --> Empty
VERB Collective --> See "Cafe Riviera"
STOVE --> Black Market Goods
The Agency --> looks like someone's doing something in there. Anyone got any leads?
Red or Green? --> more tattoos?
Alphaville Video --> Heart + Soul salon
The Cigar Lounge --> empty
Hunab Hookah Lounge --> See VERB Collective, Cafe Riviera
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