Wednesday, February 10, 2010
It's Official: Hatch Eatery's Big Pig Is In
By Rene Romo Journal Southern Bureau
HATCH — A giant pink pig will get to see another day advertising Sparky's diner here.
The village Board of Trustees voted 4-0 Tuesday evening to grant a zoning variance allowing the owners of Sparky's Burgers, Barbeque and Espresso, a year-old restaurant in the center of town, to use the 12-foot tall pig as a four-legged off-site billboard.
The village's zoning rules prohibit off-site commercial advertising, and while many locals wanted the town to allow Sparky's owners Teakoand Josie Nunn to deploy the big pig off-site as advertising, others such as Vince Chavez said the pig was too much, too "in your face."
But Chavez was the only speaker opposed to the variance at a public hearing Tuesday evening. At least half a dozen Sparky's supporters wore black T-shirts with the slogan, in pink: "Save the Pig." One local businessman attended the meeting carrying a large ceramic pig as a show of support.
Teako Nunn said the big pig could be moved from a storage site outside village limits to a prominent spot at the intersection of N.M. 26 and N.M. 185 by today.