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Printing for the “most local of New Mexicans”

Retail manager Jett Bullock straightens a T-shirt display at Guerrilla Graphix. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/ Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Guerrilla Graphix is bringing their many customized products back to the heart of Nob Hill, with the relocation of their base camp to Central and Hermosa.

The new location, which opened in early January, combines both the retail side and production side of the business to one central location, co-owner Dave Gittings said.

“I’m just hoping that by bringing this business down here it will help the whole neighborhood in general feel more comfortable with exploring itself,” Gittings said.

He said that Nob Hill can be “a little rough around the edges,” but more businesses will eventually lead to more people feeling comfortable walking from store to store.

“It does make a difference being in a walkable neighborhood,” Gittings said.

Baby clothing on display at the new Guerrilla Graphix location in Nob Hill. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Since opening for business in 2008 the store has stocked its shelves with New Mexico- and Albuquerque-themed products, while also offering custom printing, graphic design and embroidery services.

With two other locations, one in Old Town and one in Taos, Gittings said he hopes to create designs of “original artwork” that will have appeal beyond tourists.

Gittings, who took over the business with his brother one year ago, said the store will keep its New Mexican flair while adding designs to appeal to the “most local New Mexicans.”

An open house is planned for early March. Attendees will be able to tour the new facility and get a “behind the scenes look” at how the products are made. The date will be announced on their social media pages.

Guerilla Graphix is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

M’tucci’s goes East with new location

Steve Montoya with Montoya Upholstry installs a booth in one of the dining rooms at M’tucci’s Twenty-Five. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/ Journal)

Just five months after announcing that it would make the leap east of the Rio Grande, M’tucci’s is gearing up to open its third full-service restaurant, M’tucci’s Twenty-Five, on Feb. 17.

It may be the third restaurant under the M’tucci’s umbrella, but owner John Haas said the new space at 4939 Pan American Freeway allowed him to elevate the new location to the level that he wanted by having full creative control.

“This is by far the most thoughtful thing that we’ve done,” Haas said. “I think of this as a complete thought, it’s a true expression of what we believe in in a restaurant.”

In wanting to create an authentic experience, Haas and several other employees embarked on a trip to Italy to learn new techniques, and bring that culture to the restaurant.

“We really created this to allow people to re-create that experience that we had,” Haas said.

Inspired by the trip, the new location will feature more starter courses to reflect an authentic Italian dining experience. M’tucci’s is even working with an emerging importer to bring specialty items straight from Italy.

“We needed to create a really big nice place that’s going to create an experience that’s different from our other restaurants,” he said.

To manage the increased size, Haas said the company has expanded its production capabilities to ensure that it remains a completely scratch kitchen.

“If you ate it here, we made it here,” Haas said.

He said the preparation of the food and the sourcing of the ingredients will separate M’tucci’s Twenty-Five from other Italian restaurants, and make it competitive nationally.

“It will stand up in L.A. or New York or Chicago or Miami as an elite restaurant,” Haas said.

The new 10,000-square-foot space is the company’s largest location and will be able to hold around 300 diners between the inside dining hall and an outdoor patio area. It will also feature a private dining area for events.

Kamikaze Kitchen sets up permanent location

The Eggroll-arito at Kamikaze Kitchen is filled with fried chicken and green chile fried rice and wrapped in an eggroll paper. (Courtesy of Kamikaze Kitchen)

Just two years after Kamikaze Kitchen made its debut in the Albuquerque food truck scene by serving a unique blend of Asian and New Mexican inspired foods, the restaurant has made another debut, this time with a storefront location.

The restaurant, at 3517 Wyoming NE, is the culmination of two years of work and spreading their name, said co-owner Nic Riccardi. He owns and operates Kamikaze Kitchen with his wife, Libbe.

“Its been crazy,” he said. “It’s weird to think that March 12th will be our two-year anniversary for the truck.”

He grew up in the restaurant industry and said he always knew he wanted to operate a food truck and a restaurant, so he took the opportunity to work on a food truck after he and his wife moved to Albuquerque.

While Kamikaze may have gotten its start on four wheels, but Riccardi said the goal was “never to be a food truck.”

“I went into it wanting to be a restaurant on wheels not a food truck,” he said.

When Riccardi was creating the menu, he looked for an untapped market in Albuquerque, and landed on blending Asian ingredients and New Mexican foods.

He said the blend of two wildly different cuisines came naturally. His father worked at a Chinese restaurant as a side job and would often bring home Asian ingredients and combine those with American ones.

Kamikaze Kitchen is open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Starbucks Delivery comes to ABQ

Busy coffee lovers can now rejoice. Starbucks expanded the Starbucks Delivery program to Albuquerque in late January, which means that coffee orders can be placed online and delivered.

Albuquerque is one of the first 50 markets to have the program available, a spokesman for Starbucks said.

Those wanting to have their coffee orders delivered will be able to place orders through the Uber Eats mobile app. Customers will be charged a standard delivery fee, and a $2 additional fee will be applied to orders $10 and under.

Pilar Martinez covers retail for the Albuquerque Journal. You can reach her at pmartinez@abqjournal.com or by phone at 505-823-3887.

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