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Tin Can Alley gets underway in Heights

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new shipping container development from the founder of Green Jeans Farmery broke ground in the Northeast Heights Tuesday afternoon.

The 11,000-square-foot Tin Can Alley at San Pedro and Alameda will house Santa Fe Brewing, Amore Pizzeria, Rustic Star Burgers, Nitro Fog Creamery, Pho Cup, Guava Tree Cafe, Epiphany Espresso and a 505 Southwestern restaurant kiosk, according to a news release.

Adjacent parcels will house a 26,500-square-foot Stoneage Climbing Gym and a 3,500-square-foot Vinaigrette restaurant.

“The need for local businesses in this portion of the Northeast Heights is huge,” said Roy Solomon, developer of Tin Can Alley and Green Jeans, in a statement.

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller was unable to attend the ceremony but said in a news release that the area “is going to be one of the best places to hang out in the city” when it opens next August.

Solomon is also the founder of food manufacturer 505 Southwestern, which was purchased by Flagship Food Group several years ago. Flagship CEO Rob Holland announced at the ground-breaking that he is licensing the 505 Southwestern brand back to Solomon for restaurants at both Tin Can Alley and Green Jeans.

As for the new Vinaigrette restaurant at Tin Can Alley, owner Erin Wade said in an email that menu and concept will be similar to the existing locations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Austin, Texas. Still, the space is the first Wade is building from the ground up, and she said the design will be tailored to the site.

“We want it to feel like a park, an oasis . . . the restaurant building design itself is


An architect\’s rendering of the new Vinaigrette planned at Tin Can Alley, a retail development at Alameda and San Pedro. (Courtesy Vinaigrette)

reminiscent of a barn or a northern New Mexico church,” said Wade. “We are playing with our amazing New Mexico design vernacular combined with an agricultural one.”

In addition to the salad-focused Vinaigrette, Wade also owns Modern General restaurants in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, which serve breakfast and lunch items.