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Quarters West Side restaurant, liquor store sold

The family behind Albuquerque’s Quarters BBQ chain is now down to a single location.

The Nellos family has sold its West Side restaurant and package liquor store to a new ownership group that plans to turn it into a brew pub, Connie Nellos said Wednesday.

Terms were not disclosed.

Nellos said July 31 would be the final day of business for the Quarters at 3700 Ellison NW.


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The family — which sold its Wyoming location to a different buyer last year — continues to operate the original Quarters restaurant and package store at 801 Yale SE.

The Ellison location opened in 2002 and was the largest of the three Quarters. It features roughly 14,000 square feet of restaurant space and another 13,000 square feet for the liquor store.

The new owners will spend about $1.5 million to gut the building and transform it into a “rustic”-looking restaurant and brewery, according to partner Min Lee.

They aim to open the new establishment — called The Stumbling Steer — by the end of September.

Lee’s partners in the venture include brewmaster Kirk Roberts, chef Thanawat Bates, Luka Park and Sonny Jensen — a team culled from around the country. Roberts, whose beer won a gold medal at last year’s Great American Beer Festival, comes to Albuquerque from San Diego. Bates, meanwhile, previously worked in Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel and at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., Lee said.

“The restaurant will be beer-centric and food-centric. We’ll completely redesign the food menu,” Lee said.

Barbecue will be one component, but Lee said it will be Bates’ version.

Though it will undergo a significant transformation, Lee said the Quarters site provides a perfect canvas and great location for the group’s first venture.

“‘It’s a beautiful building with great views of the mountains, and it’s so centrally located,” he said. “The most important reason why we purchased this particular location is we feel like the West Side of Albuquerque is starving for a good, independent venue.”