BERNALILLO, N.M. – A popular restaurant is making a special effort to honor the grandmothers of New Mexico with a special wall of pictures. It’s fitting because Abuelita’s name comes from “grandmother” in Spanish.
The loyal customers at Abuelita’s in Bernalillo keep coming back. Lorraine Torres, a customer, said, “I’ve been coming to the restaurant since 1982.”
“We love their food,” she said. “I always felt part of the restaurant because we enjoyed their company,” she added.
Torres is a part of the restaurant forever because as a grandmother, her framed photograph is part of the new group of pictures at Abuelita’s honoring abuelitas.
Bess Burris has been coming to the restaurant on Camino Del Pueblo for 24 years. She brought in a picture for the wall as well.
“Probably the only gray-haired one up there,” she joked.
“I love this restaurant and I love the people in it,” said Rubi Lozoya, who owns the restaurant with her husband. “Abuelita’s has been in my family for close to 30 years,” she said.
Lozoya not only is honoring her grandmother, but the restaurant decided to get customers involved.
“We wanted to add charm, to add some more charm to it, and so that’s when we thought we won’t just honor our grandmothers, we’ll invite all of our guests to also honor theirs,” she said.
“We’re not big. We’re not fancy, but we are warm, we are welcoming, and our food is really delicious,” Lozoya said.
Customers are invited to bring in a 4-by-6 photo of their grandmother to the restaurant. In return, participating customers will receive a free order of chips and salsa.
“It’s a little reminder of walking into their grandmother’s kitchen and having breakfast with her,” Lozoya said.