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New faces on the Plaza

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By Lee Einer

The old Tortilla Cone on the Plaza is no more. There are fresh faces, new food and a new name — Plaza Burgers.

But Jonas and Geraldine Baca, formerly proprietors of the Tortilla Cone, are still feeding locals with their New Mexico fare. They have just gone mobile in their new catering truck, under their new business name, The Burrito Chef.

“We got out of the restaurant business because of the long hours” Jonas said. “Fourteen and 15-hour days were just burning us out.”

The Bacas are no strangers to mobile catering. They began their food business that way, 31 years ago. And they said they are glad to be back.

“We love being out and about instead of being shut inside for all those hours” Jonas said. “What we’re doing now is working out of our commissary next to our home.”

The Bacas specialize in breakfast and lunch burritos. They serve different breakfast and lunch burritos every day, freshly made and kept hot in an oven on the catering truck.

“Our burritos are kept at 160 degrees” Jonas said, “which is very important because of the potential of food-borne illness. We don’t sell food out of the back of a car or carry burritos in a cooler. We are inspected and approved by the state just like a restaurant.”

For delivery to your home, business or construction site, call The Burrito Chef at 429-1059. Business hours are from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Burrito Chef is at the Flea Market Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Kenneth and Luisa Pacheco opened Plaza Burgers in the old Tortilla Cone building in late June of this year. The Pachecos said they have their own formula for success — keep it simple, keep it good, keep it homemade, and give the customers what they want.

At the Plaza Burgers, everything is made fresh, nothing is frozen. Luisa pats out the patties of fresh beef every morning, and they offer their burgers 10 different ways.

“Our mushroom swiss burgers and our Super Plaza double-patty double-cheese burgers are the most popular, but we will make it however you want. We have curly fries, too, that we make here from whole potatoes,” Luisa said.

In business less than a month, Luisa said business is already good, especially for the lunch crowd.

And the entrepreneurial spirit must run in the family. The Pachecos’ youngest son, 5-year-old Keith, occasionally sets up out front and sells snow-cones to passersby.

Plaza burgers is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.