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ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Guerilla Graphix is bringing its many bespoke products back to the heart of Nob Hill with the move of their base camp to Central and Hermosa.
The new location, which opened in early January, brings both the retail and manufacturing sides of the business together into one central location, said co-owner Dave Gittings.
“I just hope that with the introduction of this business the entire neighborhood is generally more comfortable exploring itself,” said Gittings.
He said Nob Hill can be “a little rough around the edges,” but more stores will eventually make more people comfortable walking from store to store.
“It makes a difference being in a walk-in neighborhood,” said Gittings.
Since opening in 2008, the store has stocked its shelves with New Mexico and Albuquerque-themed products, and also offers custom printing, graphic design and embroidery services.
With two other locations, one in the old town and one in Taos, Gittings hopes to create designs of “original works of art” that will resonate beyond tourists.
Gittings, who took over the business with his brother a year ago, said the business will keep its New Mexican flair and add designs to appeal to “the most local New Mexicans.”
An open day is planned for the beginning of March. Participants can tour the new facility and take a behind-the-scenes look at how the products are made. The date will be announced on their social media pages.
Guerilla Graphix is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
M’tucci’s is moving east with a new location
Just five months after announcing it would make the leap east of the Rio Grande, M’tucci’s is preparing to open its third full-service restaurant, M’tucci’s Twenty-Five, on February 17th.
It may be the third restaurant under the M’tucci roof, but owner John Haas said the new space on 4939 Pan American Freeway allowed him to take the new location to the level he wanted by having full creative control would have.
“This is by far the most thoughtful thing we’ve done,” said Haas. “I take this as a complete thought, it is a true expression of what we believe in in a restaurant.”
To create an authentic experience, Haas and several other employees went on a trip to Italy to learn new techniques and bring this culture to the restaurant.
“We really created this to allow people to recreate the experience we had,” said Haas.
Inspired by the trip, the new location offers additional starter courses that reflect an authentic Italian dining experience. M’tucci’s even works with an aspiring importer to bring specialties straight from Italy.
“We had to create a really big, beautiful place that would create an experience that was different from our other restaurants,” he said.
To accommodate the larger size, the company has expanded its manufacturing capabilities to ensure it remains a completely scratch-resistant kitchen, according to Haas.
“If you ate it here, we ate it here,” said Haas.
He said the preparation of the food and sourcing of the ingredients would separate M’tucci’s Twenty-Five from other Italian restaurants and make it nationally competitive.
“It’ll be an elite restaurant in LA or New York or Chicago or Miami,” Haas said.
The new area of 10,000 square meters is the company’s largest location and offers space for around 300 guests between the inner dining room and an outdoor terrace. It will also have a private dining area for events.
Kamikaze Kitchen sets up a permanent location
Just two years after Kamikaze Kitchen made its debut on the Albuquerque food truck scene with a unique blend of Asian and New Mexican-inspired foods, the restaurant has made another debut, this time with a storefront.
The 3517 Wyoming NE restaurant is the culmination of two years of work and spreading its name, said co-owner Nic Riccardi. He owns and operates Kamikaze Kitchen with his wife Libbe.
“It was crazy,” he said. “It’s strange to think that March 12th will be our two-year anniversary for the truck.”
Growing up in the restaurant business, he said he always knew he wanted to run a food truck and restaurant. So he took the opportunity to work on a food truck after he and his wife moved to Albuquerque.
While Kamikaze may have started on four wheels, Riccardi said the goal is “never to be a food truck”.
“I wanted to be a restaurant on wheels, not a food truck,” he said.
When Riccardi was putting the menu together, he was looking for an untapped market in Albuquerque and ended up with a mix of Asian ingredients and New Mexican foods.
He said the mix of two completely different kitchens was natural. His father worked as a part-time job in a Chinese restaurant and often brought home Asian ingredients and combined them with American ingredients.
The kamikaze kitchen is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Starbucks delivery comes to ABQ
Busy coffee lovers can look forward to it now. Starbucks expanded the Starbucks delivery program to Albuquerque in late January so that coffee orders can be placed and delivered online.
Albuquerque is one of the first 50 markets the program is available in, a Starbucks spokesman said.
Those who wish to have their coffee orders delivered can place orders through the Uber Eats mobile app. Customers will be charged a standard shipping fee, and orders under $ 10 will be charged an additional $ 2 fee.
Pilar Martinez reports on retail for the Albuquerque Journal. You can reach them at [email protected] or by phone at 505-823-3887.