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BY TY BANNERMAN
‘Let them eat cake’
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that state workers in the Income Support Division testified under oath that they were encouraged by their superiors in the Martinez administration to fraudulently deny food assistance to hungry New Mexican families.
The five state employees spoke at a federal hearing investigating the state’s Human Services Department, admitting that management had pressured them into falsifying income information on applications for emergency food assistance in order to deny or delay fulfilling claims.
The ghost of Denny’s
The site of the former Denny’s restaurant on Central near UNM is slated to house a Chipotle Mexican Grill, a Jersey Mike’s sandwich franchise and a Verizon store in the near future. The building gained notoriety after being featured as a location in the final season of hit AMC series “Breaking Bad.”
Watch a scene from the season 4 episode “Box Cutter” set at Denny’s below – or rewatch the cold open of “Live Free or Die,” the first episode of the fifth season.
A work of ART?
Construction of the controversial Albuquerque Rapid Transit project has yet to begin, but one former Nob Hill restaurant is already blaming the project for its closure.
According to Albuquerque Business First, former Soul & Vine general manager Michael Vigil stated that the business decided to close owing to fears that the impending ART construction would adversely affect their future profitability.
The storefront at 3409 Central NE won’t stand empty for long. 99 Degree Seafood Kitchen, a seafood boil concept restaurant, will soon move into the space.
Full steam ahead
The Boiler Monkey Bistro gave up its signature steampunk bus years ago, yet owner Matt Fuemmler says the restaurant is once again on the move. The gourmet crêperie will depart from its 724 Mountain Road NW location and reopen by midsummer on the southwest corner of Central and Sixth Street.
With the closure of Albuquerque wholesale food distributor GDi, two New Mexico towns have been left without local grocery stores. Stores in Carrizozo and Mountainair were shuttered on April 21, leaving residents to travel to other communities to purchase food.
State of the Co-op
On April 12, employees of the La Montañita Co-op branch on Rio Grande Boulevard voted 36-3 in favor of joining the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. According to the Albuquerque Journal, workers raised concerns about pay and benefits before the vote, and co-op management said it would not contest the election results. The five other co-op branches are unaffected by this decision.
Bag it up
According to a memo from Shirlene Sitton, Santa Fe’s Environmental Services director, that city’s ban on plastic bags and 10-cent charge for paper bags in grocery stores has been a success. In the eight months since the program’s implementation, the city has netted $92,000 in fees and has significantly reduced the number of plastic bags that wind up in landfills.
Ty Bannerman is passionate about both food and journalism, and he reports on Albuquerque food news for ABQ Free Press.