Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern in Lake Roberts plans a grand opening for its brewery and distillery in March. It will be the first new operating brewery in this part of the state, and only the fourth distillery in New Mexico. Meanwhile, Little Toad Creek will have a "Crawfish Boil & Cajun Feast" with live Cajun music on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 4-9 p.m., and a special Valentine's Day menu, Feb. 14-17. 1122 Hwy. 35, 536-9649, littletoadcreek.com.
Cecilia McNicoll will be opening a new food business in downtown Silver City at 300 S. Bullard in mid-February, River Ranch Market. The store will feature grass-fed meats (beef, lamb, goat, pork and fresh sausages) and pastured poultry, gluten-free baked goods, and to-go lunches (soups and stew) and protein shakes.
The Rotary Club will again be sponsoring a Valentine's dinner fundraiser, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at Bear Mountain Lodge. The dinner includes a four-course meal, each course to be accompanied by a paired wine. Tickets are $65 per person, including gratuity, and proceeds will benefit The Volunteer Center of Grant County for the Alimento Para El Nino Program. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Mark at 537-5988 or Sunny at 534-2121.
Sandy Caris is reopening her Elk X-ing Café in Mimbres, featuring home-style meals, sandwiches and desserts in an all-log building with large windows to view the wildlife and rural scenes while eating. (352) 212-0448.
New in the Las Cruces area is Savoy de Mesilla, an upscale fine-dining restaurant at 1800 Avenida de Mesilla. Along with entrées such as stuffed pecan chicken and Angus truffle filet mignon, the restaurant serves a special liquid-nitrogen ice cream dessert that's made at your table. It's open for breakfast on Sundays and lunch and dinner every day except Monday. 527-2869.
A new Indian restaurant, the Sheba Grill, is opening at 2265 S. Main St., formerly the site of Smokey Dicks.
Q's, billed as a brewhouse with steak and pasta, will be opening in the building that used to house the Gadsden Purchase, 1300 Avenida De Mesilla.
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