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Santa Fe Tidbits: Slurp, Shibumi, and more…

Good-bye Lamy Station Cafe, at least for now/photo:Steve Collins

Gotta pay attention in Santa Fe these days, businesses are coming and going quicker than you can say Happy New Year.


Shibumi Ramenya a new Japanese ramen house opened last week. Owned by Eric Stapleman of Nostrani Ristorante (aka Trattoria Nostrani) fame, it is a 14-seat traditional noodle house. The inexpensive menu (the same for lunch and dinner is), is short and to the point: five appetizers and four soups. Appetizer prices $7 to $8 and soups $13 to $15 A selection of sakes, beer and Champagne is offered. Stapleman is famous in these parts for his no fragrance policy- you will be turned away if his sensitive nose detects scent. And, if you don’t want to do dishes, bring cash- they don’t take checks or credit cards. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday to Friday 11:30am to 2:30pm and for dinner Monday to Saturday 5:30pm to 10pm. Reservations are not accepted. Shibumi is 26 Chapelle Street at the corner of Johnson St. down the block from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

Slurp, a new take-out restaurant in a vintage airstream trailer, has taken up residence on Galisteo Street just north of Manhattan Avenue. The enterprise is the brain-child of two Austin transplants, Jean-Luc Salles by way of France, Rebecca Chastenet and their Venezuelan friend Carlos Briceno. Salles is a classically-trained French chef, Chastenet a former food critic and Briceno a graphic designer; a can’t-miss combo. From the name, you might guess that soup is the star here- three are offered each day, a meat, a vegetarian and a vegan option. There is also a pulled pork sandwich. Breakfast is a simple affair: croissant ($1.25), ham and cheese on croissant ($2.95) or a Tortilla Española $2.50). They are open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 3:00pm. Call ahead and order (505) 603-1800 so you don’t have to wait. They take cash and local checks. You can follow them on Twitter and fan them on Facebook.


Char a fixture at the end of Old Santa Fe Trail across from La Fonda for twenty-four years is moving west. February, they’ll open their new digs in a historic building at the cornet McKenzie and Griffin Street. They are having a sale between now and the end of January. Those luscious suedes and leathers you’ve been eyeing for years is now 50% off. It’s time to shop, girls!


Lamy Station Café,  a neat restaurant at the Amtrak depot in the small hamlet of Lamy, NM is closing on December 31st. A dispute over permits with the county is the culprit. It’s a complicated story involving zoning, rights of way and the long arm of the county. The café owners could not be reached for comment. Stay tuned, this saga may not be over. There’s talk of moving the vintage dining car across the road next to historic Legal Tender.

The economy has been hard on Santa Fe retail establishments. The women’s clothing scene is losing two, long-time established stores.

Kristin’s, on San Francisco Street in the Santa Fe Mercado building, is closing its doors this week. 80% off original prices on Tuesday and a staggering 90% off Wednesday before the doors close.

Simply Santa Fe, a mix of clothing, southwest jewelry and home furnishings is going, going, almost gone. Doors close on January 3rd. There are deals to be had. They still have Ortega’s on the Plaza, that wonderful southwestern and Native American jewelry store and Mimosa, selling women’s clothing, right next door.

Heart of the Lotus Interiors, at 322 Montezuma Avenue, is having a going out of business sale. They are open daily from 10am to 9pm to liquidate their inventory. Furniture is 60% off, everything else 50% off original prices. Whatever remains goes under the auctioneer’s hammer on Thursday evening. The auctioneer is none other than Paul Margetson, GM of the Hotel Santa Fe.

This Week’s Music:

Iconic Texas bad boy, Ray Wylie Hubbard, will be singing at Corazon on 7pm Wed. 12/29. . And speaking of Texas, local legend Bill Hearne plays his Texas honky-tonk at the Fiesta Lounge at La Fonda Hotel Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm. He’s got a following that comes out in their best boots to dace the Texas-two-step. Every time Lyle Lovett comes to town he brings Hearne up on stage to play with him.

NYE Disco Action:

Rouge Cat 101 West Marcy Street, a popular hang-out for anyone who loves to dance is a great place to spend New Year’s Eve. Tunes will also be spinning at Corazon, 401 South Guadelupe Street.

For more music events check last weeks Tidbits.

Coming in 2011:

Marvel Studio’s new blockbuster film The Avengers, based on the Marvel Comic Book Series of the same name, will film in New Mexico. They filmed the soon-to-be-released Thor here in The Land of Enchantment. Film production will be based at Albuquerque Studios with lots of shooting at still to be named locations around the state. Pick Santa Fe! Pick Santa Fe! The Super Hero movie stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, , Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg and Samuel L. Jackson. Shooting, which starts in April is expected to wrap up in September. Some great star-sighting opportunities here; and more importantly, lots of jobs for the NM film industry.

Last, but not least, we wish you a healthy, abundant New Year. May your dreams come true.

Note: As  former hotel concierges and owners of a travel concierge and trip-planning business in Santa Fe, the writers may have been guests of business or services mentioned. While these experiences have not influenced this post in any way, this information is provided in the spirit of full disclosure.

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4 Responses to “Santa Fe Tidbits: Slurp, Shibumi, and more…”

  1. LeslieTravel
    December 28, 2019 at 9:09 pm #

    Thanks for the update! There’s so much going on in Santa Fe. It would be cool to see the movie filming next year. Maybe you can be an extra!

  2. Ted Nelson
    December 29, 2019 at 1:47 pm #

    Great update on things to do in Santa Fe during the busy holiday season.

  3. Charles Higgins
    December 29, 2019 at 8:57 pm #

    Slurp sounds interesting…great approach..


  4. Charles Higgins
    December 29, 2019 at 8:58 pm #

    SLURP sounds like a neat approach..nice article..


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