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Standard Diner closes, will reopen as Range Café

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A crew works on the signage in front of the former Standard Diner in East Downtown where the restaurant is being converted into a Range Cafe. (Adolphe Pierre-Louise/ Journal)

The Standard Diner will be flipping its last burger Monday – at least until the restaurant transitions into a new location of the Range Cafe later in the week.

On Friday, the restaurant announced on its Facebook page that it would be permanently closing after 14 years of business in the East Downtown neighborhood.

But the restaurant, at 320 Central SE, won’t be closed for long, it will be reopening as a new Range Café location with an updated menu this Friday.

“COVID has made us look at how we can survive the future of restaurants and felt that becoming The Range Café was a smart choice,” the post said. “It will allow us to operate our restaurants as one concept.”

The Standard Diner, as well as the recently closed Freight House Kitchen + Tap in Bernalillo, were “sister” restaurants to the Range Café, which has multiple locations in central New Mexico.

The post said that while the restaurant is transitioning into a Range Café, popular menu items from both the Standard Diner and Freight House will be on the newly updated menu, and Standard Diner staff will remain.

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