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Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 7:30 pm | Updated: 8:32 pm, Wed May 1, 2013.

The Legal Tender Saloon and Restaurant in Lamy is scheduled to close by the end of May, its managers said this week.

And, as in many an Old West tale, the defining conflict seems to be about space.

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9 comments:

  • keep it real posted at 3:10 am on Sat, May 11, 2013.

    keep it real Posts: 1

    The restraurant is great. Yippy! But that wasn't the point. It was opened to help provide funds to support the museum. It provided almost nothing to the museum after expenses were taken out over the last year. The restaurant has not helped the museum and may be the cause of its demise.

    Now the restaurant owners are working a full court press to push the museum out of the building. Slogans like "Don't surrender the Tender", "old history is not important, new are making new history" and "change the board" are all over the place. They want to buy the building and end the museum. The restaurant owners are hurting the cause that they opened to support because their own interests are more important now.

    If they want to stay, sign a lease and open your books to the museum. There are many sides to this story and much more then is in the news.

    The personal attacks on the board members and their friends is shameless. The restaurant has many attack dogs. Watch what will be said about this post.

     
  • SARGuy posted at 3:51 pm on Mon, May 6, 2013.

    SARGuy Posts: 4

    Two of the eleven members of the Board of the Lamy Railroad Museum have offered Learning Minds (dba Legal Tender) a contract that is untenable. In fact, the Board of the Museum has not approved any such contract and it seems that Mr Latkin and perhaps one, maybe two other Board support this contract. the other eight or 9 Board members have either not seen the contract nor have they voted to approve/disapprove the actions of Mr Latkin. Only Mr. Latkin, so far, has the ear of the Santa Fe New Mexican. The other Board members have not been interviewed nor published. The Santa Fe New Mexican seems to have been 'taken for a ride' on this issue as they believe that Mr Latkin is the Museum. In fact, the 'Museum' is the 'Board'; Mr. Latkin does not speak for the Board nor the Museum - Mr Latkin speaks for himself alone and does not represent the desire of the Board which, as stated above, have not met on this issue. I highly recommend that the Santa Fe New Mexican attend the next meeting of the Museum - a 501(c) 3 - to gain accurate Board information so the public can be made aware of the real issues.

     
  • VeraD posted at 10:59 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    VeraD Posts: 2

    I'm with SuzieQ and the others. On a visit to SF, I was very impressed by the layout of the restaurant and the food - it made me think of Old Westerns where men bellied up to the bar, and dance hall girls kicked up their skirts - I thoroughly enjoyed it and was hoping to see it again some day. Friends and family volunteer at the LT and I only hear wonderful things about it on a regular basis. I had the privilege of meeting the chef who had great plans and ideas for the upcoming menus.... why would this entity take this away from so many who really enjoy and frequent a wonderful throw back to the old days of American history - the museum can be enjoyed in conjunction with the restaurant - which as has been said is successful! The folks who work there, particularly the operators seem very dedicated to providing a venue to enjoy and remember.....give us a break and figure out a way to make this work...a successful restaurant and museum is better than a defunct, no one wants to visit museum, by itself...!

     
  • Gringo Star posted at 9:58 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Gringo Star Posts: 1

    Mr. Latkins' collection can be put to better use if people see it while dancing and eating at The Legal Tender. There is a huge room (where the model train is ) that Latkin can begin to load in his artifacts. Soon Amtrak will be closing the Lamy station
    altogether so the museum can take over that as well. Then really nobody will have cause to visit down there. He is a short- sighted man. C'mon everybody!
    SAVE THE LEGAL TENDER!

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:29 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1166

    [thumbup]

     
  • SusieQ posted at 7:45 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    SusieQ Posts: 4

    So who will go to Lamy just for a museum? So they don't have enough space? So do what all world class museums do-rotate the "artifacts"! So I guess Sam Latkin will be working the ticket booth 7 days a week and museum ticket sales will support maintenance, repairs, liability insurance, and improvements.

     
  • karl hardy posted at 5:12 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    karl hardy Posts: 42

    Seriously? shut down a successful business for one more museum?
    I would assume the museum is not for profit so pays no taxes - so you are loosing tax revenues from a successful business to favor a not taxable entity.

    This seems to be the santa fe business model - if something is doing good even in this horrible economy - kill it.

     
  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 9:16 pm on Wed, May 1, 2013.

    CarolynDM Posts: 325

    That sucks. Restaurants close because they can't make it financially. This one seems to be doing okay and the guy really gave him no choice but to close.

     
  • bob chilton posted at 8:45 pm on Wed, May 1, 2013.

    bobchilton Posts: 32

    i vote for the restaurant!

    the museum can occupy the old dining car if it needs more space.

     
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