In remembrance: Andrew Garcia, Garcia’s Kitchen founder, passes

Andrew Garcia, Garcia's Kitchen founder
Andrew Garcia, Garcia's Kitchen founder

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The owner and founder of Garcia’s kitchen passes away, Andrew Garcia was 90 years old.

Garcia starting as a travelling salesman, selling novelties at the New Mexico State Fair and eventually moving into operating food booths.

In 1975 he opened the first Garcia’s Kitchen at 4th and Mountain in Albuquerque.

“The personality of the owner, Andy Garcia, is also evident in every aspect of a Garcia’s dining experience, from the bright paintings of himself, to the colorful Fiesta ware dishes, and of course to the great food.” (

Today there are eight Garcia’s restaurants around Albuquerque. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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