LAS CRUCES — After three years and a pandemic, Zia Café is officially closed. However, customers welcomed the new Lucy’s Café in its place.
The restaurant at 1155 S. Valley Drive has been occupied by several businesses, including the Old Town Restaurant which operated for approximately 25 years.. In 2019, Alonzo Burciaga took over and opened the Zia Café.
Lucy Garcia, owner of Lucy’s Café, said she started working at the restaurant many years ago. When the space became available again, she said the building’s landlord asked her if she would take it back – and Lucy’s Café was born.
The new restaurant opened in the second half of September and serves Mexican and American dishes. You can find burgers and enchiladas and enjoy them at the old lunch counter. Garcia said the menu has changed slightly since she took it over. Burgers have been the most popular menu item – anything with bacon seems to be Garcia’s favorite.
“Like everyone, we have good days, bad days, but I have more good than bad,” Garcia said of the business.
Every day, Garcia can be found serving customers, cooking in the back or even doing the dishes. A sign on the restaurant door announces that they are hiring for all positions.
Lucy’s Café is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Burciaga could not be reached for comment.