Iconic ABQ restaurant closes

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – One of Albuquerque’s most iconic restaurant’s served its last dinners Friday.

From the moment people walk into Paul’s Monterey Inn near Juan Tabo and Lomas, the love is apparent. The friendly faces and delicious dishes are just a couple of reasons why customers say they can’t get enough of the place.

“This is New Mexico’s Cheers” said Steve Silva. “This really is the place where you meet people and you become life long friends.”

Like Silva, Patti Sugg has been a regular at the restaurant since it opened in the 1970s.

“Forty-years-ago this month my husband took me here on our like third date,” said Sugg.

A lot has changed in those 40-years of business. The original owner has passed away and the restaurant has run into a lot of financial trouble, specifically tax trouble. Friday, it closed its doors for good.

“It’s heart wrenching,” said Paul’s Monterey Inn Assistant Manager Cathy Carl.

“It’s terrible. It’s the end of an era,” said Silva.

“There is nothing that will ever replace this place,” said Sugg.

Paul’s Monterrey Inn has been featured in several hit TV shows including Breaking Bad.

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