Tesuque institution goes dark Jan. 24

‘End of an era’: El Nido to close

Date January 6, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Categories Local News & Sports


El Nido restaurant and bar, a fixture in Tesuque for 80 years and one of Santa Fe's best-known eateries, is closing.

The restaurant's last day will be Jan. 24.

The business is owned by partners Dennis Dampf and Don Scharhag, who have owned the restaurant for the last 27 years.

"This has lasted longer than any of my marriages," Dampf said Wednesday evening. "Don and I like to say we've only raised our voices to each other twice in 27 years."

When asked about the reasons for the closure, Dampf declined to disclose them, other than to say it was partly due to difficult times in the restaurant business, which have seen fewer people eating out and more eating at home.

"Business has been slow," Dampf said. "That's one reason for it."

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