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Las Cruces leads this month's restaurant comings and goings. New on the menu there is La Calesa, a Mexican and seafood restaurant opened by Ana Hernandez at 930 El Paseo. If that address sounds familiar, it's because that's the former location of Escondido. The new eatery will serve breakfast, lunch and early dinner, open daily 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (575) 525-1948.


Also on El Paseo, the chopsticks have been hung up for good after 46 years at China Temple. Ronald and Susanna Lim, who have owned the restaurant since 1964, recently purchased Texico Bakery, 1004 S. Solano Drive. He's retiring, while she will operate the bakery, renamed ABC Bakery, adding a small café. Later this year, China Temple's El Paseo location will reportedly also get a new life, reopening under different owners as a sushi restaurant.



More Japanese food is coming to town over at the Mesilla Valley Mall, where the space formerly occupied by the New York Stand is being turned into a SanSai Japanese Grill. This will be the first New Mexico outpost for the mostly-California chain, which also has locations in Missouri.


As promised way back when, Southwest Wines' St. Clair Winery & Bistro will be relocating up the street from 1800 Avenida de Mesilla to 1720 Avenida de Mesilla, former site of the Way Out West restaurant. The new location, which will allow the restaurant to triple its size, has been readied for renovation and, pending the necessary permits, could be open as soon as August or September.


Silver City barbecue aficionados have been enjoying Billy¹s Wild West BBQ since the fall, and we raved about it back in November (Maverick Menu), but owner Alex Ocheltree hadn't gotten around to an official grand opening — until now. The barbecue (and pizza and pasta and gyros and ...) emporium makes it official with all the appropriate hoopla this month, May 6-8. 2138 E. Hwy. 180, 388-1367.


Steak lovers, rejoice! Steakfest New Mexico is coming to the Adobe Deli in Deming, May 20-21. Carnivores can enjoy steak and wine tasting, a cook-off, mini-rodeo, cowboy poetry, dance and arts, live music and vendors. See www.steakfestnewmexico.com for details. 3970 Lewis Flats Road, 546-0361.



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