ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – If you’ve ever stopped by the Barela’s Coffee House in Albuquerque’s South Valley, you never know who might walk through the door. From family, friends and familiar faces to even president of the United States, the restaurant has established itself as a down home spot for food and keeping the political crowd in touch with citizens.
Owner Mike Gonzales credits family recipes, preparation of the food and a down home feel to it’s atmosphere as to why customers keep coming back. A long time staple of the Barela’s neighborhood for over 30 years, you can see a crowd of regulars almost every morning in their same spot ready to eat. Aside from the regulars, there are the occasional surprise guests like President Obama’s visit in September 2010. Gonzales says he and his staff were honored to be chosen as a lunch spot by the president, but add that every customer is special to them.
For another look at what’s happening at the restaurant, you can visit the Barela’s Coffee House Facebook page.