Longtime Santa Fe eatery gets the boot

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE)- A 34-year Santa Fe staple is getting the boot.

By the end of the month, family owned Tecolote Cafe will no longer operate out of their Cerrillos Road location.

Tecolote means owl in the Nahuatl language and the motif is clearly visible throughout Santa Fe’s Tecolote Cafe.

Figurines and paintings adorn walls and counter tops at the family owned eatery, all gifts from patrons over the cafe’s 34 years of business.

“I think it says that people care about it. They have liked what my father-in-law and my mother-in-law have done and what my wife and I are trying to do in the process of doing what we love to do,” explains Tecolote Cafe Co-Owner Matt Adkins.

Soon, the cafe will will move to a new location, and the gifts of decor along with it.

In January, there was a press release, announcing Tecolote would be moving. In response, the Adkins’ landlord sent them an eviction letter March 27th, saying they had to be out by April 30th.

“Holy cow, there goes the family business, there goes years of memories, there goes all these people who we’ve loved to employ without a job and without an income. There goes our income. Boy, there goes everything. We’re done. We’re dead, that’s it, lights out. We’re gone,” says Adkins.

Even though plans for a new location fell through, the eviction notice still stands. Adkins says the hardest part came after the initial shock wore off, telling their 20 employees who will likely be out of work for a while.

“That was of paramount importance to us, to be able to give them the opportunity to move on if they need to and find other jobs and find other ways to put money and food on the table for their families,” Adkins says.

Now, the Adkins are forced to start from square one. Since the Adkins made the announcement, Matt says he’s amazed by the overwhelming outpouring of support.

“We’ve had customers today and through the last couple of days ask us what we need, you know? What is it that you need? Maybe we should go buy a place, let’s become your landlord. Do you need help with financing?” explains Adkins.

It’s why he’s optimistic Tecolote Cafe will be in a new spot with renewed energy before they know it.

“I think we’ll not have a problem rising kind of like a phoenix from the flames,” Adkins says.

Adkins expects the cafe will be closed between two and six months while they find a new home. Their last day of business at their current location is April 20th.

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