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El Vado Motel to reopen in December; De Anza in 2019

El Vado Motel to reopen in December; De Anza in 2019

The long-simmering restoration of Albuquerque’s historic El Vado Motel is slated to reach completion by December, when it reopens as a boutique motel with local-beer taproom, retail store, mixed-income housing and food pods. The city had hoped to have it open…

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El Vado Motel’s lobby soon will open as beer taproom

El Vado Motel’s lobby soon will open as beer taproom

The lobby of the historic El Vado Motel in Albuquerque will open in early November as a taproom for local beers from Ponderosa Brewing Co. Redevelopment of the Route 66 landmark into a boutique motel is continuing, but Chad Rennaker of…

Developers unveil De Anza Motor Lodge renderings in Albuquerque

Developers unveil De Anza Motor Lodge renderings in Albuquerque

Developers of the historic but long-closed De Anza Motor Lodge in Albuquerque on Tuesday showed off artist’s renderings of the upcoming project, which is expected to break ground in October and take about a year to complete. According to the…

Business owners say ART work will hurt Route 66 festival

Business owners say ART work will hurt Route 66 festival

Businesses along the Nob Hill sector in Albuquerque say next month’s Route 66 Summerfest will be hampered by ongoing Albuquerque Rapid Transit construction. In a featured guest column signed by 16 other business owners in the Albuquerque Journal, Stone Mountain Bead…

De Anza Motor Lodge project takes another step forward

De Anza Motor Lodge project takes another step forward

The lengthy quest to rehabilitate and reopen the long-shuttered De Anza Motor Lodge in Albuquerque took another significant step forward last week. The city’s Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission on Wednesday approved a redevelopment plan for the Route 66 motel…

The enduring fascination with Oklahoma Joe’s in Albuquerque

The enduring fascination with Oklahoma Joe’s in Albuquerque

One of the most popular comment threads in the nearly 12-year history of Route 66 News is the one about Oklahoma Joe’s, a restaurant along Route 66 that also became a tavern popular with University of New Mexico students. It…

Redevelopment of De Anza Motor Lodge begins next month

Redevelopment of De Anza Motor Lodge begins next month

The long-awaited redevelopment project for the closed De Anza Motor Lodge in Albuquerque begins in June, setting up the Route 66 property’s reopening as an extended-stay hotel sometime in summer 2018. Construct Southwest, chosen by the city to redevelop the…

Professors honored for preserving vintage neon-sign drawings

Professors honored for preserving vintage neon-sign drawings

Two professors from the University of New Mexico were given a state preservation award for saving hundreds of old drawings from the state’s oldest neon-sign company. Many of them mock-ups of signs eventually were installed on Route 66. The New…

Artist who works in miniature gets part of his inspiration from Route 66

Artist who works in miniature gets part of his inspiration from Route 66

An Albuquerque artist who makes exacting miniature models of buildings and vehicles from the past acknowledged old Route 66 gives him some of his inspiration. In a profile in the Albuquerque Journal about Tim Prythero, one section of the story focuses on…

Federal spending bill includes some funding for Albuquerque Rapid Transit

Federal spending bill includes some funding for Albuquerque Rapid Transit

A federal spending bill passed by Congress this week and signed by President Donald Trump on Friday gives most of the money — but not all — to finish the controversial $119 million Albuquerque Rapid Transit project. The Albuquerque Journal confirmed a…

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