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Restaurant Review — Consume with a view: Thunderbird Bar & Grill

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Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014 5:00 am

In the wake of Mayor Javier Gonzales’ original proposal to close the streets surrounding the Plaza (an idea he has since revised), there’s been a lot of discussion lately about whether the Plaza is a place for locals or tourists. Whether you spend time downtown regularly or visit the Plaza only when you have out-of-town guests, you’ll find yourself on one of its avenues eventually. It’s good to know what spots are worth visiting and what spots you should skip. 

You probably remember the funky, warrenlike dining room of the old Ore House restaurant, perched on the second floor above Lincoln Avenue. That space is now occupied by the Thunderbird Bar & Grill, operated by the building’s owner, Armand Ortega. It has been changed into one big, pleasingly open space, with stacked Anasazi stone on the walls, a clear view of the kitchen, and a long, handsome bar. Rumor has it that the management, eager to lure more Santa Feans to this Plaza location, is considering offering locals-only specials and promotions.

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  • Ray Krueger posted at 1:11 pm on Thu, May 15, 2014.

    RayK Posts: 6

    Locals going to the plaza can park along Cerillos and take a bus into downtown. Park-n-ride on a schedule.

     
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