There are a few new places to eat from East Downtown to Nob Hill and the West Side - Albuquerque Journal

There are a few new places to eat from East Downtown to Nob Hill and the West Side

The Mouse Hole Cheese Shop owners Nathan Sauceda-Halliday, left, and his wife, Mekala Kennedy, are seen with a display of cheeses at the Albuquerque business. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

Editor’s note: Venue Plus kicks off Retail Rewind with staff writer Alaina Mercinger. The monthly column will highlight some retail news from around New Mexico.

Let’s get talking

Mekala Kennedy and Nathan Sauceda-Halliday want to talk to you about cheese.

The couple, who opened local and organic ingredient-focused La Finca Bowls in 2020, opened their newest venture, The Mouse Hole Cheese Shop.

The East Downtown location at 300 Broadway NE location is just next door to gluten-free and vegan and vegetarian friendly restaurant La Finca Bowls.

Kennedy and Sauceda-Halliday met when they were both working at Santa Monica hotel Shutters on the Beach, Kennedy as a hostess and Sauceda-Halliday as a bartender. When living in Los Angeles, the pair would often walk to a nearby cheese shop that partly inspired the Mouse Hole.

There are over 40 cheeses behind the glass at The Mouse Hole, sourced from around the world. The menu features three regional cheese boards: a Spanish board, a French board and a local board. Cheeses are paired with fruits, vegetables and other snacks native to the areas where the cheeses were produced.

The staff is just as excited to talk about cheese as the owners, Sauceda-Halliday said, and answer any questions customers have.

New Mexico staple expands

Ventana Ranch residents will no longer have to drive to Cottonwood Mall for a taste of the classic Albuquerque pizza chain Dion’s.

In November, Dion’s opened a new dine-in and drive-thru location at 9620 Universe NW.

The Ventana Ranch location will look a little bit different than other Dion’s locations – it’s the first location that Dion’s has built with an updated interior and exterior design.

This is Dion’s first new location in the Albuquerque metro area since 2014, and the chain’s 16th Albuquerque metro location overall. Dion’s now has 22 locations around New Mexico, as well as a handful in Colorado and Texas. The chain was founded in Albuquerque in 1978 by Jon Patten and Bill Scott.

Lucky … Goose?

Nob Hill’s an area that continues to change it up.

The food truck Lucky Goose, which has catered to meat-free diners with vegan milkshakes and plant-based burgers, is open for business.

Vegan couple Rafael Guillen and Melissa Timmons moved from Los Angeles back to Bosque Farms, where Timmons was originally from, two years ago.

Guillen found that there were few vegan options in Albuquerque.

The couple spent a year developing a plant-based burger recipe. Earlier this year, they debuted a vegan milkshake at their warehouse space. Previously, they had sold their food out of their food truck at breweries around the city. But the success of the limited seating at the warehouse convinced the couple to look into opening their own storefront.

The restaurant is located at 3503 B Central NE. It’s open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

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