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Mora County Notebook - Local restaurant has new owners

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By Ruth Fort

Last Monday was the first day for the reopening of the Cowboy Kitchen. It turned out to be a very busy day with people anxious to see the newly remodeled facility and meet the new owners. There were a few weeks of remodeling and planning. In the remodeled restaurant there is new pine paneling on the walls and a new coat of colorful paint. There are two new owners who have bought the business from Johnny and Phyllis Martinez and Gary Martinez, their son. Gary and his folks and the new owners were instrumental in remodeling the facility.

The new owners are James Maestas and Tera Chase. The sign outside the restaurant and on the wall and new menu says that it is  now called the “Mad Cow/Calf -A.” The new owner chose the name because of the fear of people in the past refusing to eat beef because of the mad cow disease scare. So in defiance of that period he has put different sizes of hamburgers on the menu stating that the burgers were made of pure certified Angus Beef. They have the Kiddie Mad Calf burger as the smallest and the Mad Cow Burger as the next size then eventually they will offer the Mad Bull Burger that will be the biggest of all.

They make everything from scratch and have freshly baked goods each morning for the patrons. They plan to buy all that they can locally especially when gardens are ready in the summer.

One of the new owners is James Maestas, a chef who has worked at Pendaries Dinning Room and Angel Fire and other establishments. He has taken culinary arts classes at Luna Community College. His partner is Tera Chase, a former resident who comes from Colorado where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in culinary arts. She has been the chef at different establishments in Colorado.

Samantha Bonny, of Mora, is the floor manager. The restaurant has six cooks as well as other kitchen staff and eight part time waitresses.

The restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and open Sunday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and closed on Monday.

Students attend state BPA

Mora’s Business Professionals of America group did very well at the New Mexico State Conference. Of the thirty students who qualified to go to state, eight qualified to go to the National meet in Chicago in April.

The rest of the students did very well also, by making the top 10 of the state. Those who qualified for the national meet are-Jacklin Vigil for her first place in payroll accounting and  fifth place in banking and accounting, Onnica Pino for her first place in fundamental word processing and fourth place in fundamental spread sheet application, Elisa Abeyta for her second place in basic office procedure and fourth place in fundamental accounting, Korazon Romero in her first place  in keyboarding, and fourth in desktop publishing, Marcos Mondragon in his first place in computer accounting, Miquela Marrujo for her second place in computer accounting, Angelica Aragon for her third  place in computer accounting and Andres Martinez in his third pace in fundamental accounting.

Well done teacher and students. Good luck in your competition in Chicago. We are proud of you and your great achievements.

Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may  be reached at (575) 387-6523 or ruthfortchacon @yahoo.com.