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Bridges on Tramway is full, and tenants are opening fast

The Bridges on Tramway shopping center, 12501 Candelaria NE, is fully rented. Several tenants are already open.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bridges on Tramway, the new shopping center at 12501 Candelaria NE, Albuquerque off of Tramway in the Northeast Heights, is now fully leased and tenants are already welcoming customers.

Tenants of the new center were starting to open at the beginning of March before the coronavirus put many of the other openings on hold.

Developer Art Gardenswartz said most of the tenants will be open for business this summer and they all will be open by October.

Right now, Boxing Bear Brewing Co., Chatter Paint, the Paleta Bar, the CBD Boutique and the Burrow Cafe are all open.

Most tenants at the Bridges on Tramway shopping center will be open this summer, and all will be by October.

Infused Yoga + Fitness, which previously operated as Hot Yoga Infusion on Montgomery and Tramway is set to open once work-out classes are allowed under public health restrictions.

Gardenswartz said the response has already been positive and people have been flocking to the center and keeping the patio of Boxing Bear filled.

The Bridges on Tramway shopping center, 12501 Candelaria NE, is home to tenants that range from a taco restaurant to a CPA office. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Other tenants include:

• Tako Ten: The new taco restaurant will open by July and will serve 10 different varieties of tacos. The restaurant previously operated as the food truck Dia De Los TaKos

• Blush Salon & Spa: Planned to open in July,

• Zeus’ Juice & Nutrition: The juice and smoothie bar is moving from its previous location at Green Jeans Farmery and will open in September.

• Poki World: Opening in October, the restaurant will serve poke which marinated raw fish that is normally served with rice and other toppings.

• Redwine CPA

HPP facility coming to Albuquerque

Construction is starting late this summer on an Albuquerque-based High Pressure Processing facility – the first of its kind in New Mexico, according to New Mexico Fresh Foods CEO Kelly Egolf.

New Mexico Fresh Foods will open in January 2021 and Egolf said she hopes the facility helps to greatly expand access for locally made and sourced fresh foods.

“It really lowers the bar for those food companies,” she said. “They don’t have to invest in a lot of equipment up front. … And we are sort of that last food safety step for them, so it’s just easier to manage with the FDA.”

HPP is a cold pasteurization technique that expands the shelf life for fresh foods like salsa or hummus without the need for preservatives or heat, which can degrade the product, Egolf said.

She said the new facility could help small manufacturers greatly expand their business – for example, producers who typically only sell at farmers markets could potentially have their items sold at a grocery store thanks to the increased food safety and shelf life.

Egolf said she hopes the facility will also help lower costs for food producers since it will eliminate the need for food to be shipped to other states for processing.

The project is estimated to process 500 million pounds of food products over a 10-year period which equates to about $2.5 billion of gross revenue.

Around 130 jobs with an average annual pay of $57,000 will be created in the first seven years with around 35 people expected to be hired the first year.

Egolf said ideal candidates for using the HPP system are meat producers and fresh produce producers who sell goods like roasted green chile, fresh salsas, fresh spreads, ready-to-eat foods and juices.

Products will have to undergo lab testing and be packaged prior to processing with batch numbers on the packaging.

The facility will also have cold storage space available for rent so products can be stored temporarily before shipping.

Odds and endings • Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria has closed its 4-year-old West Downtown location at 1700 Central SW for good June 12, according to a news release from the restaurant.

Although the Old Town location is closing, the pizzeria’s other locations at Green Jeans Farmery off of Carlisle and Cutler and the newly opened Tin Can Alley near Alameda and San Pedro will remain in operation.

“We’re leaving with a heavy heart but, also, deep optimism for what we can continue to do in this fantastic city,” owner Gabriel Amador said in a statement.

• Asian fusion restaurant Mogu Mogu has closed permanently, unable to weather the sustained albeit temporary closure that arose from the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant announced June 1 in a Facebook post.

Mogu Mogu, located at 4001 Masthead NE near Jefferson and Paseo Del Norte, opened four years ago.

The combination of social distancing restrictions, coronavirus uncertainty and a small restaurant size all led to the closure, the posting said.

The restaurant initially closed its doors March 23.

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