Restaurant picture tribute has special meaning to family

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – For patrons at Abuelita’s New Mexican Kitchen in Bernalillo, the name abuelita (abuelita means grandma in English) takes on a special meaning. According to them, it’s not just the down home cooking, but the pictures on the wall.

Joleen Trujillo from Albuquerque has been eating at the popular restaurant for years. When she heard about the request from owners for patrons to bring in pictures of their grandmothers to adorn interior walls, she was more than happy to do so.

“I thought, what an honor to have the grandma’s up there you know,” said Trujillo. “To share their little stories of what they have brought.”

Owners say having the pictures on the walls not only add to the ambiance of a family place, but it’s also a way to thank customers.

“It’s not just our family that the restaurant kind of centers around,” said restaurant co-owner Rubi Lozoya. “It’s a place for everyone to come in to feel welcomed and to have a good meal and to remember and hopefully spark some good memories.”

The restaurant is always welcoming pictures of grandmothers for their walls. They say that’s especially important for Mother’s Day this weekend. If you’d like to see more about the restaurant, you can visit the Abuelita’s New Mexican Kitchen website. 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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