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Look for an exciting new menu at the Orchid Cafe at Cienega Spa in Silver City with the arrival of a new executive chef, Geoffrey Moore, and a new general manager, Susan Anzalone. Moore, an Alaska native who trained at the Arizona Culinary Institute in Scottsdale, has 15 years of experience under his chef's toque, including at the Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix. He recently returned to Silver City to be closer to his family, and served as executive chef at the popular Diane's Restaurant for two years. Anzalone attended the Natural Gourmet Cookery School in New York City and worked for The Cleaver Company there. She moved to Silver City in 2004 after meeting Moore at the wedding of a mutual friend, and also worked at Diane's. Besides getting together for a new menu at the Orchid Cafe, the duo will be planning a wedding of their own next year. The Orchid Cafe is at 101 N. Cooper St., 534-1600. . . .

Also unveiling a new menu this fall is Shevek & Mi, 602 N. Bullard St. in Silver City (534-9168), which celebrated its fifth anniversary with a menu of Mediterranean fare in three different portion sizes. The small tapas-style plates let diners sample a range of choices without getting too full to finish with one of Shevek's signature desserts. . . .

In Las Cruces, the Johnny Carino's Italian restaurant has closed. All 12 of the casual-dining chain's restaurants in New Mexico have shut their doors following the bankruptcy of owner Sandia Food Group. Other Johnny Carino's nationally are unaffected. . . .

The Metropolitan Deli in Las Cruces has branched out, opening a second location at 300 El Molino Blvd. That address will sound familiar to fans of the former Brown Bag Deli, which Metropolitan Deli owner Dennis Golcher originally opened in 1980. . . .

More memories may be stirred by the Burger and Fry Company, which has opened at 1495 S. Solano in Las Cruces, on the site of the former Golden Bull hamburger joint. The new burger eatery is owned by Don and Dawnita Shockley of the Church on the Rock next door. Hours—of the Burger and Fry Company, that is, not the church—are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily except (not surprisingly) Sundays. . . .

 

 

The upscale Meson de Mesilla restaurant and inn will be closed for several months while new owner Cali McCord undertakes a remodeling. Upon reopening in early 2007, the Mesilla restaurant will be redubbed Torch and its adjacent bar will become Merci's Spirits, while the inn will remain Meson de Mesilla. . . .

Taste of India has opened at 1001 University Ave. in Las Cruces, where Phoenicia formerly served Mediterranean cuisine. The new restaurant moves the menu a few thousand miles east, but will likewise appeal to vegetarians as well as fans of Indian food. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and 5-10 p.m. dinner daily except Sunday (532-1700). . . .

Other new restaurant options in Las Cruces include: Rolly's Pizzeria, 5195 Bataan Memorial West, 373-0222, open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and Jesse's Kansas City BBQ, 227 N. Main, 522-3662, open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. . . .

Silver City Mexican-food fans are mourning the closing of Caballero's in Arenas Valley. . . .

Also out of business is Coco Loco in Deming, which didn't last long enough to make it in these pages. It was along the I-10 frontage road where Jack's BBQ previously had a similarly brief incarnation. . . . 

The Chuckwagon Cafe in Cliff has closed its doors and the building is for sale.

 

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