SANTA FE BITE Couple who ran iconic burger joint prepare for new venture

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Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013 11:40 pm | Updated: 5:44 pm, Wed Jul 24, 2013.

John and Bonnie Eckre, who until early June operated the legendary burger joint Bobcat Bite southeast of Santa Fe, are ready to rejoin the local restaurant scene with their new, larger eatery at Garrett’s Desert Inn, 311 Old Santa Fe Trail.

Santa Fe Bite, tentatively set to open Aug. 15, will have longer hours and a bigger menu, in addition to the Eckres’ famous green chile cheeseburgers, general manager Walter Espinosa said Monday.

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  • Sherry Christensen posted at 10:58 am on Sun, Sep 15, 2013.

    buffalogal Posts: 2

    What's the latest on the new "Bite"? Has it opened yet?

  • Peter Romero posted at 11:31 am on Thu, Jul 25, 2013.

    roromero Posts: 13

    WOW ! same burgers, same people, in town, credit cards and cold beer. WIN, WIN, WIN, WIN, WIN for all.[beam]

  • Barb Mur posted at 3:52 pm on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    Barmur Posts: 2

    In addition to their established customer base, with all the state buildings nearby and of course the tourists, I don't see how they could possibly fail.

  • mark mocha posted at 7:47 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    brnfre47 Posts: 210

    Gonna miss that little sweat box with the dirt parking lot but I am so happy that these wonderful people were able to roll with the punches and come out smelling like..... a freshly cooked green chili burger!!! I will gladly walk a few blocks to support one of Santa Fe's new old businesses. I hope (know) the burgers are just as juicy, that the beer is cold and that I can finally get a side of fries!!!!
    Methinks those who will not be mentioned made one hell of a bad decision and a critical mistake but like Napoleon said "never interrupt an enemy when they are making a mistake" and they surely made a big one.
    Rock on John and Bobbie.

  • Max Heisenberg posted at 7:39 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    Max Heisenberg Posts: 13

    This is gonna be great!! Love those green chile cheeseburgers!

  • Philip Taccetta posted at 7:34 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    PhiltheElder Posts: 190

    I don't think "The Bite" has anything to worry about. The location is just fine and they're going into it already a legend! As with anyplace downtown parking is always a problem, but I'm sure locals and tourists alike will gladly walk a couple of blocks for one of the ten best burgers in the country! I'm looking forward to trying out the new menu items as well. One of their burgers with a cold beer? Nirvana!

  • Jay Shapiro posted at 5:54 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    jayshapiro Posts: 29

    I started visiting Santa Fe in the 1980s and moved here 14 years ago. I recall [and have eaten at] numerous restaurants established at Garrett's Desert Inn, all of whom have failed for one or more reasons. i have never figured out whether it's the location, the management, or some other factor, but it does not seem to be the best place in town for a restaurant. I hope the Eckres can reverse this trend.

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 10:45 pm on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 341

    Never ate at the Bobcat bite so don’t know what that was all about, but this could be good!


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