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Range Cafe’s Menaul location to close for good

The Range Cafe at 2100 Menaul NE will close permanently on Sunday, June 28. Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal

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After 17 years of serving up stacks of pancakes and diner classics with a New Mexican flair, the Range Cafe on Menaul and Princeton is preparing to close its doors for good Sunday.

Co-owner Matt DiGregory said the high crime rate of the area combined with the prolonged temporary closure following the pandemic contributed to the decision.

“Basically the pandemic was sort of the first nail and the crime of the area has always been a big problem in that part of town,” DiGregory said in a phone interview Thursday.

The crime rate was not a new phenomenon for the area surrounding the restaurant, he said. Cars were regularly broken into, windows have been shot out, and panhandling was a persistent issue.

“It just sort of kept adding up,” he said.

The “last straw” came during the temporary closure when the restaurant was broken into and a safe was stolen.

DiGregory said other strains like rising food costs and a sharp decrease in customers due to a decline in occupancy at the surrounding hotels also contributed to the decision.

Restaurant staff will be transferred to other Range Cafe locations.

“We’re very sad to say goodbye,” DiGregory said.

The restaurant has five other locations spread from Los Lunas to Bernalillo.

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