Garduno's is toast. Probably.

"A judge has ordered the popular New Mexican restaurant chain Garduno's to stop operating until it has settled a dispute over back taxes it owes the state."

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Comment by mateoism on October 20, 2009 at 7:19pm
But not necessarily...
Comment by Steve Rich on October 20, 2009 at 7:24pm
That is our tax money that they are not paying to the state. That is 750,000 that they will have to raise in some other method. There a plenty of mexican food restaurants that do hand over the sales tax that were included in the food tab and they are the businesses that people should be eating at.
Comment by mateoism on October 20, 2009 at 7:29pm
@Steve Rich: And plenty that serve higher quality food, too. Death and taxes are the only two guarantees in life. Garduno's should have realized that by now.
Comment by Ron Da Bomb on October 20, 2009 at 8:56pm
Am I the only one who thinks that Garduno's used to serve consistent, good food? Maybe I'm dating myself here, but back in the '80's and early '90's we used to go regularly and were almost always satisfied with our experience. Back in those days, you would wait an hour or more for a table in the evenings and weekends. The food was decent, Margaritas were yummy and potent, and the bill was never over the top expensive.

That being said, my ex and I were reminiscing about those good ole days, and how we missed how good Garduno's used to be, and how we miss our local "Cheers" hangout, the Gin Mill on the west side (two for one huevos rancheros and NFL on the big screen on Sundays)...

Maybe I am remembering the good old days in a romantic haze. To quote Billy Joel, "the good old days weren't always good, and tomorrow aint as bad as it seems..."

The last couple of recent experiences at Garduno's have been as most here describe. Tepid. Food was mediocre, service spotty. When the waiter told us "we're out of iced tea," I knew. Their distributors were cutting them off. It was then that I knew it was pretty much over.

Either way, it's a bit sad to see a local business fold. Their tableside Guacamole was pretty good.
Comment by mateoism on October 20, 2009 at 9:40pm
@RonDaBomb: so true. While I'm not a fan of this chain, it was always nice knowing that a NM chain existed. I'd rather not see a long lasting NM eatery go. Fortunately they won't have to shut down if they just pay their taxes.
Comment by once banned twice shy on October 21, 2009 at 10:40am
Well, I don't feel badly for the owners, who apparently were not particularly wise in their business practices, but I do feel badly for the employees who will lose jobs if Garduno's has to close.
Comment by Andrea Lin on October 21, 2009 at 11:32am
Wow, no love whatsoever for the restaurant itself? I definitely didn't think that the quality had declined as much as ya'll seem to have experienced.

I think the business scandal side of it is sad and possibly evil/negligent/assholery, but I personally will miss them if they close.
Comment by Andrea Lin on October 21, 2009 at 11:33am
Sorry - I missed Ron da Bomb's comments.... but still, maybe I missed some of the worse food experiences. I'll defer to the statistics here from everyone else's recent visits.
Comment by once banned twice shy on October 21, 2009 at 1:10pm
No, no love for Garduno's as a restaurant. Over-priced and the food was just not that great--particularly given the price they charged. Also, I used to hate it when they would make a party wait--even though there were plenty of tables available. I think they thought it made the place look like it was very desirable, when it just annoyed me further. And I'm with Jeff. In New Mexico, you don't need to serve New Mexican food in a theme park.
Comment by Lee on October 21, 2009 at 1:11pm
Never had a problem with the food or service... maybe I just aint got no class..
But I am smart enough to know that if you try to run a business without paying taxes, sooner or later that's going to come back and get you... What could they possible have been thinking ?


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