Questions swirl after iconic Albuquerque restaurant Scalo faces mysterious closure

A popular Albuquerque restaurant has been closed for more than three weeks after it announced a water line broke back in December, but now customers are wondering if it will ever open again. 

Scalo Northern Italian Grill posted to Facebook on Dec. 10 saying, “We have unfortunately had a water leak in the restaurant and will be closed for lunch.”

Three days later, a second post, “The water damage was extensive and we are still working hard to get things back up and running.”

“Very sad. Very sad because the restaurant’s been here forever, for as long as I can remember because I live right down the street,” Kamran Omidvar said. 

Some now wonder if that’s really what happened. Posts on Facebook claim some employees haven’t been paid in weeks. One said a band that was scheduled to play there had its show canceled with no notice. 

The post office said it hasn’t been able to deliver mail there in three weeks. 

The sign on the door said the business plans to re-open in the new year but didn’t specify when. Until then, customers will have to look for somewhere else to eat.

“We’re actually a little dumbfounded and we’re not sure if they can’t actually support us or not, because a restaurant that’s a staple to Albuquerque that we thought we could depend on,” Cindy Callisto said. 

KRQE News 13 tried reaching out to the manager and the owner to see when the restaurant would reopen but haven’t heard back.

Sedberry and Associates own the property in Nob Hill. Thursday, a spokesperson said they’re aware of the situation but wouldn’t comment further.

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