MORIARTY – The historic El Comedor de Anayas restaurant will be changing hands this month, and for the first time in about 60 years, it will not be run by a member of the Anaya family.
It is a place whose history is proudly displayed along the walls in countless newspaper clippings and yellowing photographs, part of what gave the place its charm, will remain, according to Mike Anaya. He said Jesse and Olivia Stuard of Breezy Rain Cafe Inc. will lease the restaurant now.
It has had its place on the map for politicians who knew the secret and not-so-secret stops on the campaign trail. Those politicians, from Jimmy Carter to Bill Clinton, are up on the wall. You can date the photographs as they go from the 1960s to the ’70s and ’80s and watch the neckties go from skinny to fat to fatter before finally settling on a reasonable width and staying there, for the most part.
El Comedor is a place where the tide of political events has been decided over cups of coffee, and standing testament to that are the autographed photos of politicians from state representatives to presidents.