Old Starbucks getting burrito infusion

oldstarbucksbymeALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s no longer churning out caramel macchiatos and vanilla lattes, but the drive-through restaurant at Montgomery and San Pedro may become a morning magnet again.

Twisters has signed a lease for the space last used by Starbucks and could be serving breakfast burritos, burgers and more by late spring or early summer.

It will be location No. 20 for the chain, according to company vice president Rajiv Grover, and one of what could be three new Twisters to open this year. The company in January opened a site inside the University of New Mexico’s Student Union Building, and Grover said he anticipates adding another Albuquerque restaurant later this year, though there is no lease in place yet.

The Montgomery site became available when Starbucks moved out last fall, according to Larry McClintock of Berger Briggs, who represents the property owner in leasing deals. Its drive-through made it a highly coveted spot, he said.

Starbucks, meanwhile, built and opened a new store nearby, at Montgomery and San Mateo, one in a spate of new buildings around the metro.

Twisters, founded in Albuquerque in 1998, was sold to Grover’s group last year.

The new owners haven’t changed much — at least not anything customers might notice, Grover said. But the company has made some behind-the-scenes technological upgrades, and more could be coming. He said Twisters recently began using a new tablet-based point-of-sale system from Albuquerque-based Lavu at one of its stores. Depending on how it works out, the company could expand the system to all locations.


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