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Urlacher and UNM in talks potential restaurant/bar partnership

Urlacher and UNM in talks potential restaurant/bar partnership

Last week, former University of New Mexico football player Brian Urlacher and the university’s President Robert Frank were asked about the idea of a sports bar-restaurant collaboration rumor that had been swirling for months.

 “We are excited that he might want to put in a sports bar or restaurant on our south campus,” Frank said Friday about Urlacher.

At the game on Nov. 8th where Urlacher Lobo jersey was retired, UNM Director of Communications Dianne Anderson said Urlacher answered some questions regarding the project. Urlacher said that he thought it would be a good fit and is in talks with the university about the possible collaboration.

Urlacher’s name was one of the first mentioned during UNM south campus development meetings.

Bonefish Grill to come to Albuquerque

Bonefish Grill to come to Albuquerque

Next summer, the Bonefish Grill is set to open its first location in New Mexico at the Coronado Center in Albuquerque.

The new restaurant will occupy the 5,400 square foot space on the mall’s east side near Khol’s, according to mall officials.

“Bringing first-to-market retail and restaurants is something we strive to do at Coronado Center,” Randy Sanchez, senior general manager at Coronado Center, said in a statement. “Our customers won’t be disappointed with the restaurant’s diverse menu and fantastic fresh fish dishes. I’m confident Bonefish Grill will quickly become a shopper favorite at the center.”

The restaurant specializes in fresh fish dishes and wood-grilled specialties. It is based in St. Petersburg, Fla. and there are currently 190 Bonefish Grill in the US. The restaurant is part of the Bloomin’ Brands company who also operate Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba’s Italian Grill.

LongHorn Steakhouse set sights on ABQ

LongHorn Steakhouse set sights on ABQ

There are more than 375 Longhorn Steakhouses across the United States but there have yet to be one in New Mexico. Spokeswoman Erica Jaeger Ettori says that may be changing.

Darden Restaurants, owner and operator of Longhorn Steakhouses along with Olive Garden and Red Lobster, is in negotiations for a site in Albuquerque that will house the first Longhorn Steakhouse of NM.

Etorri said that it is too early to confirm an opening date or location for the steakhouse. However, she did say that an opening Longhorn Steakhouse could hire between 80 to 100 new employees.

The restaurant menu offers steaks dishes, ribs, chicken, salmon, lobster, shrimp, and salads.

Southwest Bacon Fest to be held Nov. 2

Southwest Bacon Fest to be held Nov. 2

On Saturday, November 2nd, from 10am to 6pm, bring the family out to the Balloon Fiesta Museum to enjoy the Southwest Bacon Fest.

With over 25 culinary vendors in attendance, there is sure to be a unique bacon treat for everyone.

The event includes live music, entertainment, local breweries, bacon eating contest, bacon film screenings, bacon photography, bacon art and a bacon poetry contests.

Children are welcome to the event and will be provided with a family fun area with piggy back races, games, and other activities.

Admissions for 13 years and over are $7, Kids 4 through 12 are $2, and free for children 3 and under. Tickets include admission to the festival, all entertainment, and admission to the Balloon Museum. Parking for the event is free.

Visit www.southwestbaconfest.com for more information.

NM Breweries take top honors at Beer Festival

NM Breweries take top honors at Beer Festival

Last weekend, six of New Mexico’s breweries competed in the Great American Beer Festival awards in Denver. Competing against the country’s greatest craft breweries, NM breweries brought home eight medals.

Judged by a professional judge panel, breweries were recognized in gold, silver, and bronze categories for excellence in 75 different beer-styles.

The following breweries took home medals for 2013:

Gold:

  • Il Vicino Brewing Co., Panama Joe’s Coffee Stout, Coffee Beer (Albuquerque)
  • Second Street Brewery, Rod’s Steam Bitter, American-Style Amber Lager (Santa Fe)

Silver:

  • Marble Brewery, Pilsner, German-Style Pilsener (Albuquerque)
  • Sierra Blanca Brewing Co., Sierra Blanca Nut Brown Ale, English-Style Brown Ale (Moriarty)
  • Blue Corn Brewery, End Of The Trail Brown Ale, American-Style Brown Ale and Gold Medal Stout, Oatmeal Stout (Santa Fe)

Bronze:

Taste of New Mexico celebrates 3rd year

Taste of New Mexico celebrates 3rd year

Come out an enjoy the aromas and flavors of New Mexico’s favorite eats at the 3rd annual Taste of New Mexico 2013.

With more than two dozen restaurateurs, breweries, and wineries, Taste of New Mexico 2013 is sure to have something for everyone.

The twp-day autumn event will take place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on 1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

Restaurants interested in participating can go to www.thetasteofnm.com to fill out application.

Tickets for visitors are $10 for a book of 12 tickets and $20 for a book of 25 tickets. The event will begin at 12 pm to 5 pm on both October 12th and 13th.

For more information, call 505-314-0495, visit www.thetasteofnm.com, or email taste@bernco.gov.

Vernon's to host Breaking Bad series finale red carpet event

Vernon's to host Breaking Bad series finale red carpet event

Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse, Albuquerque’s most exclusive VIP Club, will be hosting the Breaking Bad Series Finale Red Carpet Affair on Friday September 27th starting at 8 pm.

Honorees Jesus Jr. and RJ Mitte who portrays Walter White Jr. in Breaking Bad will be present to celebrate the multi-Emmy wins for the AMC show. Both will be available for photos and interviews at 7:45 pm on the red carpet.

There no cover charge for event, however, first come will be first served. Vernon’s will be providing complimentary appetizers and Breaking Bad Food and Drink specials will be available for purchase.

Great Face & Body will be providing everyone in attendance complimentary bags of Bathing Bad. Also, Breaking Bad themed chocolates by Joliesse Chocolates will be passed out.

Vernon’s is located at 6855 4th St. NW. Enter the party through PRIME.