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Get ready, partner.

Here comes the Outlaw.

LongHorn Steakhouse has arrived in Albuquerque and it’s brought a beefy lineup that includes an 18-ounce fire-grilled, bone-in rib-eye called the “Outlaw.”

The $23.99 meal – which, for good measure, also includes a salad, side and bread – is something of a signature menu item at LongHorn, the Orlando, Fla.-based chain that will open its first New Mexico location on Albuquerque’s West Side on May 19.

LongHorn Steakhouse, a Florida-based chain with more than 450 locations, offers a long list of steaks but also does chicken, burgers, salads and more. (Jim Thompson/Journal)

LongHorn Steakhouse, a Florida-based chain with more than 450 locations, offers a long list of steaks but also does chicken, burgers, salads and more. (Jim Thompson/Journal)

But if the mere thought of that kind of spread already has your stomach crying uncle, then Raul Holguin has some good news. LongHorn offers many other steak cuts and options – including some in the 6-ounce category – plus chicken, fish, burgers, salads and more.

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Lunch dishes range from $7-$17, and most dinner items run $11-24.

“There’s a variety for anyone coming into our doors,” says Holguin, the restaurant’s managing partner.

Albuquerque’s LongHorn – one of more than 450 locations around the country – uses only fresh, never frozen, meat, Holguin says, and makes many of its sauces and dressings in-house, including a special steak sauce that is prepared tableside with onion, garlic, rosemary and orange peel.

“I tell you what,” Holguin says. “When you’re here, you’ll know when somebody orders it, because the aroma is fantastic.”

Albuquerque’s LongHorn was built from scratch. The new, 6,280-square-foot restaurant seats more than 240 and resemble’s “a rancher’s home,” Holguin says – dark woods, stone accents, sunset-colored paint and a strong dose of cowboy imagery.

Holguin says this LongHorn could be the first of multiple Albuquerque locations, “but right now, we’re focused here on this opening.”

LongHorn is located at 9975 Coors Bypass NW, near Costco and across the street from Cottonwood Mall. Starting May 19, it will be open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The phone number is 897-0081.

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Baby Blastoff! headed to stores, market

Albuquerque's Emily Bennett, a former elementary school teacher, has developed her own unisex clothing line, Baby Blastoff! A local manufacturer makes the pieces and Bennett screen-prints them by hand at her North Valley home. (Jim Thompson / Journal)

Albuquerque’s Emily Bennett, a former elementary school teacher, has developed her own unisex clothing line, Baby Blastoff! A local manufacturer makes the pieces and Bennett screen-prints them by hand at her North Valley home. (Jim Thompson / Journal)

When Emily Bennett’s son was born 2½ years ago, she found herself wading through a baby-clothing universe where everything felt too stale – pale yellow duckies – or too rife with gender stereotypes.

“It was like, ‘Why isn’t there anything else in the middle that isn’t super-princess diva-y or, on the other side, super-Mr. Tough Guy things?'” she says.

“I want something fashionable and cute to put on my child. I just didn’t want it to be so gender-message heavy.”

The former kindergarten teacher and art-school student saw it as a business opportunity. She started buying plain outfits, screen-printing them with her own original computer-generated artwork and selling the pieces at the farmer’s market.

She has since taken the enterprise to the next level, contracting with a local company to make the clothes. The first New Mexico-made pieces are now headed to a few area stores and the weekly Downtown Farmer’s Market in Robinson Park.

Emily Bennett's Baby Blastoff! clothing line features Western shirts (pictured), as well as T-shirts, bodysuits and more. (Jim Thompson / Journal)

Emily Bennett’s Baby Blastoff! clothing line features Western shirts (pictured), as well as T-shirts, bodysuits and more. (Jim Thompson / Journal)

Bennett’s Baby Blastoff! line includes T-shirts, bodysuits, shorts, rompers and Western-style, snap-down shirts. Marpac – a local medical supplies manufacturer – makes the clothing out of a bamboo/cotton/spandex fabric, but Bennett still screenprints everything by hand in a studio at her North Valley home.

Her current designs cover a wide spectrum – kale leaf, tiger lily, rocket ship, Buddha – and the clothes come in purple, turquoise-green and coral.

“The idea is they can be for boys and girls interchangeably,” she says.

Baby Blastoff! features sizes from newborns to 24 months. A T-shirt runs $29.50, a bodysuit $34 and a romper $46.

In addition to the farmers market in Robinson Park, shoppers can find Baby Blastoff! later this week at Zap Oh! Children’s Boutique in Nob Hill (103 Amherst SE) and later this month at Indigo Baby in Santa Fe’s DeVargas Center.

Children’s bookstore folding

Owners of Alamosa Books recently announced their plans to close the children’s bookstore at 8810 Holly NE.

Launched in the spring of 2010, the store “never really got open,” co-owner Elizabeth Anker says via email, noting that a lack of community support meant owners had to tap into personal funds to pay store bills nearly every month.

“I believe that the economy was partly to blame, but in other places kids’ books are deemed more or less recession-proof,” she says.

The store – which also operates a separate space at the same shopping center for tomes geared toward young adult and adult readers – is tentatively scheduled to close July 31.

Liquidation sales are already underway.

Another goodbye

Get your funky wrapping paper while you still can: Papers! in Nob Hill is also going out of business.

The specialty store – which celebrated its 20th anniversary last fall – is slated to shutter at the end of this month.

It is located at 108 Amherst SE in the Nob Hill Shopping Center.

And at ABQjournal.com …

There’s more retail news on my blog at ABQjournal.com, including these stories:

• The local franchisee for Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is planning a third location of the restaurant within a new development in southeast Albuquerque.

• Albuquerque’s first Sears Outlet is now open at 9227 Coors NW.

If you have retail news to share, contact me at jdyer@abqjournal. com or 823-3864. For more regular updates on Albuquerque shopping and restaurant news, visit my blog at abqjournal.com or follow @ abqdyer on Twitter.

 

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