Standard Diner in Albuquerque closes, will convert to Range Cafe

The Standard Diner closed Monday after 14 years along Route 66 in Albuquerque but will be converted into a Range Cafe later this week.

The Albuquerque Journal reported the restaurant’s conversion into a Range Cafe will be complete by Friday.

The Standard Diner announced the closing and conversion to a Range Cafe in a Facebook post on Friday:

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque posted a video report about the change:

Popular menu items from the Standard Diner will remain, as will its staff.

Range Cafe has two other locations in Albuquerque and a third in the nearby suburb of Bernalillo. Range Cafe also operated the restaurant at La Castaneda Hotel in Las Vegas, New Mexico, for a while.

The Standard Diner originally was built as a Carothers & Mauldin Service Station that sold Texaco gas and General tires. It became a classic-car dealership in 1991 before its conversion into a restaurant.

(Image of the Standard Diner’s neon sign in Albuquerque by Daniel X. O’Neil via Flickr)

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