Casa Vieja's 300-year-old walls succumbed to old age earlier this month. Owners Josh and Kate Gerwin closed their doors until further notice after a building inspector deemed the collapsing adobe a hazard.
The charming 18th-century structure is one of the oldest in Corrales and has housed stage coaches, military headquarters, tightrope walkers and a general store. For the last 30 years it has been a restaurant.
Since buying the restaurant in 2009, the Gerwins' food and drink have been well-loved by Alibi readers. In last year's annual Alibi poll, Casa Vieja was voted Best Restaurant in Albuquerque. Josh was runner-up for Best Chef and Kate won Best Wine Steward by a landslide vote.
The restaurant's emphasis on locally sourced ingredients made it a favorite with foodies, and the eclectic cocktail and wine lists made even the pickiest drinker happy. The menu reflects the slow food movement by embracing organic and sustainable fare that's never seen the inside of a can.
The Gerwins have not revealed their next step after the condemnation of their building, but here's hoping they bring their culinary creations further into the city.
The ballot for the 2011 Best of Burque Restaurant Poll will hit stands next week. Voting starts on alibi.com Wednesday.