Improvements, new tenants coming to Old Town’s Plaza Don Luis » Albuquerque


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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Several New Mexico businesses will be breathing new life into Old Town come late spring.

Noisy Water Winery out of Ruidoso, and Sheehan Winery in Albuquerque, will each open tasting rooms in Plaza Don Luis.

Noisy Water Winery, Sheehan Winery and a handful of other businesses including an art gallery, salon and brewery taproom will soon open up shop in Plaza Don Luis in Old Town. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

The wineries will be joined by Outpost Brewing and Taproom, recreation retailer Happy Hiker, Texas-style barbecue joint Fat T’s BBQ, Lapis Room art gallery, pH Bar spa and salon, Flying Roadrunner Bakery and others.

An Airbnb operator will be part of the development and provide lodging.

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A space is also being reserved for the New Mexico Wine & Grape Growers Association, now known as New Mexico Wine. Its presence would allow smaller New Mexico wineries to be represented, as well as bring awareness to the New Mexico wine industry as a whole, according to Noisy Water owner and winemaker Jasper Riddle.

The project’s concept is the brainchild of Riddle and a few of his friends and family that purchased Plaza Don Luis, and the Old Town Basket And Rug Shop.

“I think what was really for me is that I have a good group of like-minded people that are small business owners that see Old Town as a real opportunity,” Riddle said.

“And we’ve been looking (to come to Albuquerque) and when I came to this project I realized I was no longer looking for myself. I’m looking at a huge space that’s gonna take a lot of unique people, and a lot of love, and a lot of money. So that was something where I started reaching out just to the small network of people I had and it was crazy how quickly people started jumping on board.”

Riddle hopes to have a soft opening by Memorial Day and a grand opening in conjunction with the annual Christmas tree lighting in the plaza. For the time being, he plans to spruce up Plaza Don Luis.

“We’re going to do some really big improvements to it,” Riddle said. “You know obviously keeping what is the beautiful backbone of it and the property in its entirety itself. It’s not like anything would be torn down or changed, but painting improvements and really giving it some love and just kind of putting new legs on it.

“And then the hope is that we’ll be able to have events and different things, reasons for people to come.”

It is important to Riddle to maintain the plaza’s historic aesthetic

“We’re wanting to keep the historical integrity of the place because it’s such a culturally significant plaza and (its) buildings and it…



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