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Work on airport restaurant begins


Construction has begun on the airport restaurant, to be run by the Ragsdale family that operates Pecos Flavors Winery and Bistro on West Second Street.

Work began on the terminal building bar and restaurant on Wednesday, said Scott Stark, director of the Roswell International Air Center.

“Making dust and noise is a good thing,” he said.

He added that the restaurant should be open some time in late fall or early winter.

Originally the city had hoped that the airport restaurant would be operating by the winter holidays of 2018. But delays obtaining permits from the state and working with contractors held the project up.

The city is paying for the renovations at a cost of about $160,000, which city staff said are meant as basic renovations to bring the 1,685 square feet of space up to code as a kitchen, bar and dining area.

Pecos Flavors, which has been in Roswell since 2004 and at its current location on West Second Street and Lea Avenue since 2016, was asked by the city to run the airport location after no viable bids were submitted to a public Request for Proposals.

The Ragsdales, which also operate The Liberty, a membership-supported event, bar and social club, obtained the liquor license for the airport location this summer.

Stark and City Manager Joe Neeb have said that they expect the airport venue to offer cuisine unique to New Mexico.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.