ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque restaurant owner put up a sign outside his business apologizing to his customers for the way the building looks, to let them know it isn’t his fault.
The sign says, “Please excuse our outdated building. We have been at odds with our property owner over this.”
Owner of Julian’s Burgers N More, Julian Torrez, said his business is about to celebrate 25 years here in Albuquerque. He has two locations, one of them, which he rents, is located at 4100 Central Ave SW. They’ve been there for the last 10 years.
“We love being here in the South Valley,” he said. “Its been really good to us. Our customers are great and we have a great following at this location.”
It’s the building, Torrez said, that needs some love.
“The roof needs to be done, it’s 35 years old. The bathrooms need remodeling,” and the list goes on.
Torrez said new owners out of California, Heslin Holdings Inc., bought the property, where his restaurant sits, about year ago.
“Obviously they’re putting in nice new stores and their goal is to replace everything that is old and outdated, and we happen to be one of them,” he said.
Torrez said he’s been asking for updates even from the previous property owners, but nothing has happened. He said he really doesn’t like the idea of leaving but said his customers deserve the best.
“I’ve always believed that your product is probably going to be the most important thing, then your customer service,” Torrez said. “But everyone likes new and fancy things so we want our customers to have that too.”
So he’s relocating in June. The new restaurant will be located at 5500 Central SW.
Torrez said he hopes to one day return to the same location when the new owners decide if they want to rebuild.
KRQE News 13 reached out to the property owners. CBRE, the company that manages the property, said the building is just too old and that eventually the owners want to tear it down and rebuild.