ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque cafe wants to build a patio into the street on Central in Downtown Albuquerque. This would become the city’s only so-called parquito after the last one was obliterated by an out of control driver.
Deep Space Coffee owner, Solve Maxwell, says the number one priority is safety.
It’s been almost a year since New Mexico’s very first parquito was destroyed after closing time by a suspected drunk driver. Zendo Coffee debuted the parquito in 2014 in front of the cafe on 2nd street.
Now, Maxwell is going to give the parquito another chance.
“Somewhere we can sit and enjoy an extension of the cafe and other businesses around it are all welcomed to use it,” Maxwell explained.
The parquito will be placed in front of the cafe taking up two parking spots. The cafe put up a temporary one in September just to try it out. Maxwell says he’s well aware of the safety concerns and says steel bollards will be placed around the permanent parquito to keep everyone safe.
“It won’t allow any kind of vehicle to hit from any angle and really risk anyone’s life, so it’s going to be very safe,” Maxwell continued.
Neighboring businesses like Lindy’s Diner and Asian Pear will be sharing the parquito with Deep Space Coffee. Regulars of the cafe say they’re looking forward to the debut.
“Having like an outdoor environment that kind of allows us to freely think, can sit around and be around people, especially during the summer, I think it’s a great addition,” said David Pinter.
“I think it’ll be great for downtown, I’ll be on it all the time,” said Caleb Anderson.
Deep Space Coffee and the city are currently in the designing phase for the project and say customers can expect it to open sometime next year.
“We’re definitely not in a rush, we want to do it right, correctly and make sure we’re all happy with the design and the safety measures that have taken place,” said Maxwell.
The parquito will have a different look from the temporary one and it will be artistic to draw in attention and customers.