Posted at: 02/07/2014 6:20 PM
Updated at: 02/07/2014 6:22 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Owners of Albuquerque’s wildly popular Holy Cow burger café are getting ready to open another restaurant – right across the street! Are these guys crazy? They say no – the new place will be entirely different from Holy Cow. It will be in the old Milton’s Restaurant on the north side of Central Avenue, now to be known as Gravy.
Holy Cow, at Central and High St., has a good thing going – jampacked at lunch and dinner in the old remodeled Bob’s Fish & Chips drive-in – so why mess with success? Turns out the Holy Cowboys just couldn’t keep their hands off the Milton’s building when it relocated to a new space on Candelaria – so they went to work making Gravy.
“The building was just really, really cool,” said co-owner Chris Medina. “We wanted to kind of, not re-invent the diner, but modernize it.”
Milton’s was originally the first denny’s restaurant in Albuquerque back in the Swinging Sixties. Much of the kitchen gear and décor remained, but it was WAY past the fresh-pack date – so time for a complete re-do.
“We’re actually literally fabricating everything that’s in here,” Medina said. “We’re making the seating ourselves, the light fixtures – literally everything.”
Gravy will be a seven days-a-week place – breakfast, lunch and dinner – with beer and wine and American comfort food cooked with style. The owners are very much a part of the growing East Downtown scene – “Edo” – that includes the Artichoke Café, Farina Pizzeria, Standard Diner, The Grove Café. In fact they’re planning on opening two more restaurants after Gravy opens in about a month.