Bars included in Portales Sunday liquor sales

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Dawg Houze bartender Jennifer Kirby pours a rum and coke Thursday afternoon at the bar. Owner Chad Heflin said Sunday liquor sales were three times what he anticipated them to be in the bar’s first two Sundays open. Alisa Boswell Portales city councilors are unhappy after learning that Sunday liquor […]

Portales has long history of opposing alcohol sales

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Robin Fornoff: Freedom New Mexico Calvary Baptist Church pastor Brad Morgan says he will actively oppose Sunday sales of alcohol at restaurants in Portales if a petition drive succeeds in forcing a special election. By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Mark it as another chapter in a long and storied struggle over demon alcohol in […]

Portales restaurant owners petition for Sunday liquor sales

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Cattle Baron bar tender Donovan Finley prepares a lime for a drink Wednesday at the restaurant. The restaurant is one of three in Portales collecting signatures on a petition calling for a vote on whether to continue the prohibition of liquor sales on Sunday. Argen Duncan A petition is calling […]

Everybody’s Business: Planning important in restaurant field

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer Why would anyone want to open a restaurant? Ask any person who owns, has owned, or has worked in a restaurant; most will tell you it’s not a good idea to start another one. Then why is one of the most popular new business ideas seen by Small Business Development Centers nationwide […]

Cattle Baron founder dies

CNJ staff Jeffrey W. Wilson, chief executive officer and founder of the Cattle Baron Restaurants Inc., of Roswell, died Sunday at Roswell Regional Hospital. He was 57. Cattle Baron Restaurants, Inc. was founded in Portales in 1976. Today there are eight Cattle Baron locations operating throughout New Mexico and Texas, including Roswell, the home of […]

Taco Box celebrates election to Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail runs right through Portales and Clovis. Taco Box celebrated its recent election to the New Mexico Department of Tourism Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail on Wednesday. Taco Box owner Tom Martin said his restaurants were among the 20 independent establishments and chains voters, mostly visitors […]

Governor signs law to allow guns in some liquor-serving restaurants

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — People licensed for concealed handguns can take their weapons into New Mexico restaurants serving beer and wine under a new state law. Gov. Bill Richardson signed legislation into law on Wednesday. It takes effect in July. However, restaurants can stop people from bringing their handguns into […]

Free Internet access customer drawing card

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Electra Charles, 19, of Clovis, surfs the Web on Monday at Java Loft. Charles said she comes to Java Loft two to three times a week. By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer Restaurants offering free Internet have been popping in recent years, but in 2010 they will be as common […]

Business Feature: City adds restaurants

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Gabriela Hernandez stretches out dough for a pizza Monday afternoon at Zeky’s Pizza. The business on Prince Street, which has been open for a week, is the building’s third incarnation as a pizza, salad and dessert buffet. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A pair of relatively new restaurants in […]

Review shows area government officials’ spending

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A Freedom New Mexico review of six area government leaders showed their taxpayer-funded expenses total about $19,000 from June 1, 2008, to the first week of May. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Manager Lance Pyle has spent more than $1,700 dining at local restaurants, while Portales City […]

Businesses anticipate busy Super Bowl Sunday

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Abbie Potts draws a beer for a customer at Pizza Hut on north Prince Street. Pizza Hut is one of the area restaurants that is expecting to have a busy Super Bowl Sunday because of Sunday alcohol sales. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Area restaurants are gearing up for […]

Businesses anticipate wage raise

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield Weston Clark takes the order of Clovis residents Robin and Mike Eberhardt Tuesday afternoon at the Portales Taco Box. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico A $1 rise in the New Mexico minimum wage taking effect in about a week has local business owners scrambling to find ways to make […]

Voters OK Sunday alcohol sales

By Gabriel Monte CNJ Staff Writer Clovis voters approved a proposal to allow Sunday alcohol sales in bars and restaurants in Tuesday’s municipal election. More than 55 percent of 5,264 votes cast addressing the initiative were in favor of Sunday sales that would be limited to purchases by the glass. City attorney Dave Richards said […]

Hobbs leaders reflect on alcohol sales effects

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sunday alcohol sales in Hobbs have helped increase revenues and made the city more appealing to new businesses, according to Hobbs Chamber of Commerce officials. Chamber President Ray Battaglini said restaurants in Hobbs are experiencing a boost in their revenue from alcohol sales on Sundays. Hobbs residents voted in […]

Letters to the Editor: Alcoholics no reason to restrict sales

Regarding the issue of Sunday alcohol sales in Clovis (“Citizens split over sales, Jan. 6 CNJ”): People against Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants should put up a better argument than stated in this article. Linda Teakell’s argument simply doesn’t float. I am a lifetime member of VFW Post 3280, but am not an advocate of […]

Sunday alcohol sales to appear on ballot

Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers A local group’s petition will allow Clovis voters to decide in the March 4 municipal election if they want alcohol sales on Sundays in Clovis restaurants. While some city officials think Sunday alcohol sales would be good for the city, others say they will leave it to the voters to decide […]

Deadline to submit petition for alcohol sales draws near

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MCT photo: Bill Hogan Committee for Clovis Progress spokesperson Robin Howe said his group has collected about 2,000 signatures from patrons who want the issue of Sunday alcohol sales on the next election ballot. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The deadline to submit a petition proposing Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants and bars is […]

Petition gaining steam

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Several Clovis restaurants have become signature collection points to support a petition for alcohol sales on Sundays. The Committee for Clovis Progress started Wednesday its petition to collect 725 signatures from Clovis registered voters to put Sunday Alcohol sales on the March 4 municipal election ballot, according committee spokesperson […]

Kicking O.J. out of restaurant good business move

By Freedom Newspapers Jeff Ruby’s restaurants are the kinds of places people go to spend an evening with friends and sometimes bump into someone famous. Ruby, a longtime Cincinnati restaurateur, works hard to maintain his company’s reputation for fine steaks and seafood and providing a great place for customers to relax and enjoy themselves. So […]

Governor snuffs smoking

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Smoking will be banned across New Mexico in bars, restaurants, stores and other workplaces under legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Bill Richardson. Danny Tipton, manager at Kripple Creek Restaurant in Clovis, said the customer and staff reaction has been negative so far. “We really don’t like it,” Tipton […]