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Roadside Cafes New Mexico


Paramount Cafe (Demolished)
Gallup, NM
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Route 66The Paramount Cafe no longer appears open for business, although the two marquees outside are still intact. The Paramount Cafe opened for business in 1950 on old Route 66.


Paramount Cafe (Demolished)
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn


UPDATE 09/08 : The Paramount Cafe featured a couple of standout roadside signs off of Route 66 in Gallup. The cafe was still in business about 10 years ago. The cafe then became vacant and was appeared out of business on subsequent trips through the area. The whole place was gone during a trip in August 2008. Sad to yet another old treasure off the 66 disappear. 09-08


UPDATE 11/20 : Here are a couple of additional photos of the Paramount Cafe from back in the day. This old Route 66 treasure is still missed as you travel the old road in Gallup, NM.

Paramount Cafe (Gone)
Gallup, NM
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


Far left - familiar green sign off the old road




Ranch House Cafe
Tucumcari, NM
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

Route 66The Ranch House Cafe in Tucumcari, NM still exhibits its old faded out marquee in the parking lot. The Ranch House is one of the remaining old cafes on the Mother Road.






Owl CafeOwl Cafe
Albuquerque NM
Photo courtesy Dee Chew

If you're ever in the Albuquerque New Mexico area, check out the Owl Cafe. It's worth the drive just to check out the huge owl the adorns the rooftop. It's a "hoot!" (okay, okay)

This is a sister restaurant of the original Owl in San Antonio, NM, just south of Socorro off I-25. Best green chili cheeseburgers around. This Owl was built in 1986. The original started up in the mid 1940's. Many thanks to Steve Terrell for above info.

More information at The Owl Cafe.



Club Cafe (Gone)
Santa Rosa, NM
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Route 66Heading east from Tucumcari, you'll eventually come to the town of Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa was once home to the famous Club Cafe and its sourdough biscuits and gravy. Unfortunately, like many of the old road businesses that suffered when Route 66 was bypassed by the interstate, the Club Cafe is no more. 08-06










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