Route 66 News

Santa Rosa scoops

I always enjoy the print edition of the Guadalupe County Communicator, based out of Santa Rosa, N.M., when it arrives in my mailbox each week. It’s a lively newspaper owned by a former Rocky Mountain News reporter, and the fact it’s on Route 66 is  bonus.

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  1. Davy Delgado

    You’ve gotta be kidding! The new roof that Club Cafe owner Joseph Campos installed about 10 years ago blew off during a storm two years ago. The building hasn’t been torn down. Some of the interior partition walls have been removed but the rest of the Club is still there. You can see the damage to two walls during a circa 1938 fire. As far as I remember (I worked there in the late 1970s), the fire damage wasn’t visible until those partitions were removed. I did a story about that fire (with great ’38 pictures) in the Santa Rosa News in the ’80s.
    Joseph tried to rehabilitate the Club building. It’s very strong but apparently just too old and it would be too costly to finish it.
    In the same light, Joseph was able to recruit many of Ron Chavez’s former employees and they made Joseph’s food offerings pretty good there for awhile. The interior of Joseph’s perfectly compliments what the Club might have looked like today. The exterior too. So,,,
    The old Club (in the ’70s and ’80s) was still servicing the Greyhound and Continental bus lines several times a day and evenings. But it was Ron’s local specials (very nearly replicating the late, great Spanish Inn downtown on Original 1926-1934 Route 66) that made the historic eatery so enjoyable. The Spanish Inn building is also still standing (in great condition) and available for sale or lease.
    If this recessionary economy killed anything, it was America’s entrepreneurial spirit. I would’ve never thought (or bet) that was possible.
    Keep up the great work Ron.
    Davi Antonio (Davy) Delgado

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