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Blue Smokehouse brings Nexus home

A dining area at Nexus Blue Smokehouse. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nexus Brewery and Restaurant is now three.

The enterprise, run by former banker Ken Carson, earlier this month opened Nexus Blue Smokehouse in the old Elks Club building at 1511 Broadway SE in the South Broadway neighborhood where Carson grew up.

“I knew a lot of the guys that were involved with the Elks and the building came up for sale and they kind of wanted to make sure that someone in our community, the black community, continued their legacy down there because it used to be a day when that was the only place where an African-American could go socialize and party because they weren’t allowed to go into the other clubs back in the ’50s,” Carson told the Journal’s Rozanna Martinez.

The restaurant/brewhouse has a patio area and a dining area that seats 36.

The restaurant is in the old Elks Club building at 1511 Broadway SE in the South Broadway neighborhood. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Murals conceived by Patti Hoech of PATRICIAN DESIGN are installed inside and out. Albuquerque artist Helen Atkins created the mosaic design and led a team that included youths from the South Broadway area.

The building is 6,500 square feet, but the smokehouse occupies just 3,500 square feet, for now. Future expansion could include a conference room and a catering operation.

The Smokehouse joins Carson’s Nexus Brewery and Restaurant at Interstate 25 and Montgomery NE and Nexus Silver Taproom, at Interstate 40 and Coors NW.

On the menu at this Nexus location will be ribs, hot links, pulled pork, smoked chicken and brisket, along with favorites from the original location, including chicken and waffles, fish tacos and catfish. It will serve Nexus’ staple beers, as well as rotating seasonals.

Nexus Blue is open 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Gozigian moves on

This month, John Gozigian will leave his position as executive director of the New Mexico Brewers Guild for a new project: La Reforma, a combination brewery, taquería and distillery.

The establishment will be housed in Bosque Brewing Co.’s original location, 8900 San Mateo NE. Bosque is vacating the space at the end of March.

Gozigian is partnering with Jeff Jinette in the venture, while Bosque is a silent partner. Gozigian and Jinette co-founded Marble Brewery along with Ted Rice, Marble’s current owner.

Gozigian said he is grateful for his time with the guild, and though he wasn’t actively looking for a new opportunity, when it came to fruition it became clear to him that it was time to move on.

“You tend to feel like you’re on the sidelines if you’re always advocating businesses but not in them,” said Gozigian.

Gozigian said he is aiming for La Reforma to open in June. Among the planned offerings: Mexico City-style tacos, rum and agave spirits distilled in-house and Mexican-style lagers.

Bosque Brewing is hosting a farewell party for its San Mateo location on Saturday, March 30 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available atbosquebrewing.com/shop/farewellfiesta.

Bosque still operates locations in Nob Hill, Bernalillo and Las Cruces, and is scheduled to open a restaurant in April called Restoration Pizza, which will be in the Journal Center site that is also home to Cabela’s. The company also plans to build a new brewery and taproom, Bosque Open Space, near I-25 and Venice NE. Construction has been pushed back by “unexpected setbacks and delays,” according to Bosque’s website.

Jotham Michnovicz, one of Bosque’s owners and its chief development officer, declined to comment on the delay.

Nambé moves west

This Nambé location, at 10420-A Coors Bypass NW, is the company’s eighth store. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Nambé is taking its distinctive goods to Albuquerque’s West Side, with a new store in the Cottonwood Commons Shopping Center.

It’s the second location in Albuquerque – the other is near Paseo del Norte and Wyoming NE – and the company’s eighth store. Other locations are in Santa Fe, Taos, Mesilla and Scottsdale, Ariz.

The family-owned home decor company has been recognized for its award-winning designs for more than 60 years, according to its website.

The new store, which opened earlier this month, will feature Nambé ware in different environments, such as a working kitchen, “to show how Nambé products complement the space,” according to a news release.

“We’ve created a one-to-one retail environment with personalized recommendations and experiences that connect the product to the customer,” said Tracey Smarsh, senior director of retail.

The new store, at 10420 A Coors Bypass NW, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.. The store can be reached at 505-219-4311.

Former Lobo makes business play

Nuevo provides subscribers with four or five items made by New Mexico vendors. The business was started by a former Lobo and her husband. (Courtesy of Nuevo)

A new player has entered the New Mexico-in-a-box game: Nuevo, founded by former Lobo basketball star Jordan Adams-Smith (then Jordan Adams) and her husband, Eric Smith.

Nuevo is a subscription box filled with four or five items sourced from vendors around the state. Customers can sign up for a one-off or monthly recurring subscription, and each box contains a different mix of products depending on the season and the featured vendors. Among the items: red or green chile, salsa, popcorn and olive oil.

Subscriptions start at $44.99.

The couple, now based in Texas, say they came up with the idea for the business after bemoaning the dearth of New Mexican food there. They also struggled to balance work with raising two young daughters.

“At one point, I had to leave my 8-week-old with Dad for a week,” said Adams-Smith. “Pumping on the road while coaching was no fun.”

“It was actually nine days, but who’s counting?” Smith said.

Smith said the company has 58 individual subscriptions in 19 states, with a few corporate deals on the horizon. Those deals involve providing co-branded boxes for conferences, realtors and other businesses and events.

Adams-Smith said she sees a clear line between her basketball career – which took her to the WNBA and the Canadian national team – and her newfound interest in entrepreneurship.

“I can get obsessed,” Adams-Smith said.

The company’s website is nuevofoodbox.com.

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