ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Driving by on Central Avenue in Southwest Albuquerque, it may look like Garcia’s Kitchen is closing it’s doors in favor of a new building, but managers say that is not the case. Construction trucks have been ripping up the parking lot and a new structure was built on the property over the last couple of months. The new facility will only house the commissary and catering portion of the Garcia’s chain. The restaurant will remain in the historic building which regulars have known for decades. Alterations to the parking lot are to accommodate more cars.
“We’re just looking to upgrade here in our historic location and do upgrades to this restaurant as well,” says Daniel Garcia, General Manager of the Garcia’s Kitchen Central Avenue location. “Give us more parking and things like that, because this is a busy spot and we’ve been a big part of the Route 66 right here on Central. So we’re just looking to expand and upgrade our area.”
The commissary and catering building will be a permanent location owned by the Garcia family and replaces a facility which they currently rent on Fourth Street near downtown Albuquerque. The family also says this was a longtime dream of the restaurant’s founder, Andy Garcia, to own a food production facility.
This isn’t the only major upgrade the restaurant has gone through in 2015. Back in February, the neon sign outside the Central location was restored to how it looked when it was new.