A lady working to make downtown Albuquerque a greater place

Her latest project is a restaurant, Curious Toast.

“I think we’ll be able to bring this downtown area back to life,” she said.

The restaurant is near the roundabout at Central, which belonged to her late friend Anna Müller.

After her death, the downtown buildings that belonged to her became empty.

“I noticed that some of the buildings Anna owned and loved very much were being taken over by people who shouldn’t have been in the buildings,” said Van Dame.

Van Dame has made it its business to make the empty buildings look more inviting with art.

“Part of it was bringing these buildings back to life,” she said.

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