“The Tecolote is officially being evicted…[w]e don’t have a new home yet, but we will keep trying.” It instructs to follow the establishment on Facebook for updates and concludes with a heartfelt “We love you Santa Fe.”
As SFR first reported, the restaurant is being unexpectedly ousted from the 1203 Cerrillos Road locale which it has occupied for close to 34 years.
Still, it’s business as usual. Patrons are being seated, coffee is brewed and in the kitchen, their famous hot cakes are being flipped on the griddle.
The mood is slightly altered, however, as members of the wait staff discuss with each other what their next move might be. Some have been working and the establishment for years and they’ve come to form family bonds with their coworkers and regular customers.
For owner Katie Adkins, daughter or original founders Alice and Bill Jennison, the moment is bittersweet. She’s dealing with the impending closure, looking at potential properties, and above all, blown away by the outpouring of support by community members.
“The community was been amazingly supportive with help for us and also help for our employees—which has been my number one thing. These guys are gonna be out of a job,” she tells SFR.
As far as where the eatery might relocate, Adkins says nothing is “carved in stone.”
“We’ve had a few excellent properties presented to us and I think we’ve got it narrowed down to two,” she says.
Cautiously, she opts not to over share, as it was a rumor of relocation published by the Albuquerque Journal North, Adkins says, that prompted the eviction to begin with.
“I’m not gonna spill the beans until it’s a little more solid, because we know what happens when that happens,” she says in a humorous tone.
Adkins admits to having “zero contact” with landlord Jerry Honnell, since news of the eviction broke.
Still, she’s thankful to those that have banded with the restaurant on social media and is confident Tecolote will remain a Santa Fe staple regardless of location.
“The response has been overwhelming,” Adkins reiterated. “And we’re feelin’ the love.”