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Nob Hill restaurant to offer New American cuisine

Steve Riley, owner of Mesa Provisions in Nob Hill. (Adria Malcolm/For the Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nob Hill’s restaurant line-up will get a little bit bigger in early August with the opening of Mesa Provisions.

The eatery, at 3120 Central SE, specializes in New American cuisine with a Southwest flair, according to owner and executive chef Steve Riley. It’s slated to open Aug. 3.

“The things I want to do are going to be a little bit different and a little bit unique,” he said.

A bouquet hangs from the wall inside Mesa Provisions, a Nob Hill restaurant slated to open Aug. 3. (Adria Malcolm/For the Journal)

Riley, whose culinary résumé dates back several decades, was last in the kitchen as executive chef at Farm & Table in northwest Albuquerque, but even then his goal was to open a restaurant in the Nob Hill neighborhood.

“I grew up in this area and spent a lot of time here in my younger years and Nob Hill’s always just kind of had a certain appeal to me,” he said. “I think it’s the right place for the clientele that I would like to attract.”

Much like Riley’s previous employer, Mesa Provisions will feature a menu centered around local foods and that changes seasonally.

Riley said he is working with several local farms, including Silverleaf Farms and Vida Verde Farms, as well as smaller food producers to source ingredients.

“Our goal is quality,” he said. “We are a quality-driven restaurant. We want to use the best quality produce that we can find, the best quality products, organic where we can.”

Mesa Provisions in Nob Hill. (Adria Malcolm/For the Journal)

Menu items will include year-round staples like green chile cheese biscuits, a smoked half chicken with a red chile honey marinade and duck fat tortillas, and seasonal items like a peach salad.

“I think that we’ll be a little bit different than some of the places that are here,” he said. “But I think we’ll add some freshness and some local vegetables and some unique dishes that I think you won’t see anywhere.”

Riley said he is still hiring for several positions. Wages range from $8 to $10 an hour with tips for servers and beer tenders, $13 an hour and up for dishwashers, and $15 an hour and up for line cooks. All positions include medical, paid vacation, profit sharing and a staff meal.

Pilar Martinez covers retail and commercial real estate for the Journal.

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