Yep, that's why we call it the Land of Entrapment—because you can leave but you'll always come back. Johnny Gabaldon, who had been the chef at Prairie Star and Indigo Crow before splitting to take a cooking job in the Virgin Islands, has come back to New Mexico. It's only been a few weeks since his return and already Gabaldon has found time to have a second child and get a new cooking job. (OK, we'll give most of the credit for newborn Niko to Gabaldon's partner, Maria.) But the new job, at Sandia Casino, is another story. Look for signs of Gabaldon's spoon in food all over the casino.
Meanwhile, former Bien Shur operators Terry and Pat Keene are experiencing a bit of empty nest syndrome. Last month they not only relinquished Bien Shur but also sold ReBar, their hip University-area bar and restaurant. Of Bien Shur, Terry Keene says, “We wanted to stay and we liked it there, but we understand that the construction is throwing a kink in the plan.” When “The Dish” caught up with Keene, he was checking into a hotel in San Diego (lucky Terry) and wasn't able to chit chat at length, but he did tell us that ReBar was sold to Derek Young who plans to reopen it as the Brickyard. Keene said he thought it would be a pizza restaurant. We'll have more details as they come.
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