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City awaiting permits for airport restaurant renovation

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The liquor license for the planned restaurant in the Roswell airport terminal was received earlier this week, and construction could start in about month.

City of Roswell Project Manager Kevin Dillon said the city is waiting on building permits from the state.

“It could take two weeks, it could take three weeks. It just depends on their current workload in Santa Fe,” Dillon said.

He explained Thursday to members of the Airport Advisory Commission that the state Construction Industries Division has to issue the permits because the work is costing more than $60,000 and is being done by city crews. The state also has to inspect the work.

“But we are going to try to get a jump start on that and start ordering materials so that we can get that done before we get the permits,” he said.

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Dillon estimated that it could take two or three months after the permits are received to finish the renovations, which would put the completion date some time around September or October.

The restaurant and bar in the lobby of the terminal will be operated by Pecos Flavors Winery and Bistro, which also has a location on South Lea Avenue.

Josh Ragsdale, one of the business owners, said that they have not yet decided on the name for the airport location. Since the liquor license only just arrived, he added, he is not sure if it will be utilized for Air Center events prior to the restaurant opening.

Pecos Flavors, which has been in the city since 2004 and is owned by the same family that operates The Liberty, entered an agreement with the city in March 2018 to manage the airport location. The city asked for Pecos Flavors owners to undertake the venture after public requests for restaurant operators did not yield viable bidders.

Previously city staff have said that the city will spend about $160,000 to renovate the 1,685 square feet of kitchen, bar and restaurant space.