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Crepes & Waffles to sweeten up the West Side

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The West Side will be getting a little sweeter with the opening of Crepes & Waffles in April.

Owner Menny Esquivel said he believes his new restaurant, at the corner of Coors and Rio Bravo SW, will be the only restaurant in the city to serve exclusively crepes and waffles.

“I think this is gonna be something delicious for everybody,” he said.

Esquivel, who has a background in media and currently works as a Spanish media specialist for New Mexico United, said he got the idea to enter the food industry last year and wanted to bring in a new concept to Albuquerque.

A waffle topped with fruit and chocolate is one of the menu options at the upcoming West Side restaurant, Crepes & Waffles. (Courtesy of Menny Esquivel)

“We were like, ‘We need to open something that is going to be, like, the only place in Albuquerque to go and eat and have a good time,'” he said. “And we decided to go with the crepes and waffles.”

Esquivel said crepe restaurants are very popular in Mexico, and he thinks that popularity will transfer over with a West Side location.

“I love that community because I grew up over there on 98th and Central when I came here from Mexico,” he said. “I just felt that we had to open up the crepes and waffles over there on that corner.”

The menu will consist of several crepe options and two waffle options with the ability for customers to add additional toppings.

Customers will also be able to view the crepes through a window while they are made.

While the prices for the menu aren’t set yet, Esquivel said he expects the prices to range from around $6 to $10 per plate.

Avanyu Plaza progress

A bird’s-eye view of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center area. Construction recently began on the new Avanyu Plaza which will be home to a new restaurant, wellness center and more. (Courtesy of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center)

Construction has started on several buildings at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s Avanyu Plaza, according to a release.

“Our development at Avanyu Plaza also provides terrific economic opportunities for Pueblo and local communities and continues to transform the 12th Street corridor into a vibrant, thriving area in which both residents and visitors can eat, shop, learn and discover,” Mike Canfield, president and CEO of IPCC and Indian Pueblos Marketing, said in a news release.

 A rendering of the Avanyu Plaza located across the street from the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center on 12th Street. (Courtesy of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center) 

Once completed, the Indian Pueblo Opportunity Center at Avanyu will have an additional three buildings with more than 20,000 square feet of retail space, spokeswoman Yvette Perez wrote in a news release announcing the construction.

Perez said tenants will include the new 12th Street Tavern, a wellness collective with a retail shop and spaces for massage therapists and other “self-care and healing-focused service providers,” classrooms and a meeting space.

Construction is expected to finish this fall.

Avanyu Plaza is located on 12th Street north of Interstate 40.

Southwest Composite Works expands

Manufacturing company Southwest Composite Works has expanded with a move to a much larger facility in southeast Albuquerque, according to a news release.

“We needed a space that matched our drive to expand and grow as a company,” company owner John Groth said in the release.

The new space, at 509 General Chennault SE, is nearly four times the size of the previous location and will allow the company to expand its business.

Southwest Composite Works, which was founded in 1994, specializes in manufacturing compression molding and carbon fiber forging, according to the release.

Wingstop comes to the SE Heights

Popular chicken wing restaurant Wingstop flew into the Southeast Heights with the opening of a new location at San Mateo and Zuni.

Like other locations of the restaurant, the new site at 5555 Zuni SE features a menu of bone-in and boneless wings along with chicken tenders and more, according to the company’s website.

Orders can be placed for carryout or for delivery.

The new location is open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Pilar Martinez covers retail and commercial real estate for the Journal. She can be reached at


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