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MommaZ

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Jan 20, 2012
Anybody know when this is due to open? Any other establishments thinking of opening here?
Soon

Alamogordo, NM

#2 Jan 20, 2012
Its original opening date was March but I think that has been pushed back a bit but not too much. Just keep an eye on the lot next to the Fairfield. Once you see work starting, it won't take that long until it's open. They go up pretty fast. The following is a link to the original article: http://tinyurl.com/7aj39pb
Gee

Alamogordo, NM

#3 Jan 20, 2012
MommaZ wrote:
Anybody know when this is due to open? Any other establishments thinking of opening here?
Discount tire will be opening this year
MommaZ

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Jan 20, 2012
BTW - someone said elsewhere that this restaurant was not part of "Johnny Carinos," but it appears that it is indeed the same chain. If you look at the El Paso restaurant website, you see that they are part of the large national chain. Perhaps the EP 2 sites and the one here are owned by the same franchisee.

From Wikipedia:
"Carino's Italian is a United States-based chain of Italian food casual dining restaurants. It has more than 170 restaurants with branches in about 30 states. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the concept is owned by Fired Up, Inc., which was founded in 1997 by partners and former Brinker International executives Norman Abdallah and Creed Ford.
Prior to 2006, restaurants were called Johnny Carino's Country Italian, Johnny Carino's Italian then changed to Carino's Italian Grill. In 2009 the decision was made to drop the word "Grill" and market restaurants as Carino's Italian."
Soon

Alamogordo, NM

#5 Jan 20, 2012
They most definitely are one and the same. I think perhaps the reason they changed the name, at least in this area, was because of how the previous ones named Johnny Carinos (3 in El Paso and 1 in Las Cruces) closed without notice to patrons or employees "apparent casualties of their parent company s bankruptcy case." (This was from an article written about it). I'm not sure if all the employees even got paid. Hopefully things are much better with the company.
Gee

Alamogordo, NM

#6 Jan 20, 2012
Soon wrote:
They most definitely are one and the same. I think perhaps the reason they changed the name, at least in this area, was because of how the previous ones named Johnny Carinos (3 in El Paso and 1 in Las Cruces) closed without notice to patrons or employees "apparent casualties of their parent company s bankruptcy case." (This was from an article written about it). I'm not sure if all the employees even got paid. Hopefully things are much better with the company.
Great another bankrupt company scamming Alamogordoans.
Soon

Alamogordo, NM

#7 Jan 20, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/83frn26

Here is a link to an article about the bankruptcy from 2006 and the suicide of the head of the group that controlled the 13 restaurants that closed. Apparently it was only the ones in this area (El Paso, New Mexico, and Arizona) that closed due to bankruptcy. Those 13 were franchised by the Sandia Food Group out of Albuquerque. All of the other 150+ corporate or franchised restaurants were not part of the bankruptcy or closures. Hopefully these new ones in this area are under different owners and better management.
Soon

Alamogordo, NM

#8 Jan 20, 2012
I read the original article and it said these new ones are owned/franchised by Southwest Xtreme CuiXine LLC out of El Paso. The one in Alamogordo will only be the third owned by this group so hopefully they can manage them well.
Heisenberg

Alamogordo, NM

#9 Jan 20, 2012
Have you seen their menu, and prices? I have, and I'm sure others have as well.

Not cheap, and a lot of this food is not going to fly too well here.

All the food on the menu appears to me to be nothing more than frozen food out of a bag, easy to store, easy to make, cut a bag open, boil some water, open a bag of sauce, heat it, throw it on some pasta, nothing more.

A salad may be the only fresh items on the menu.

Trust that it is NOT real Italian food in any shape, or form of the word, that it is about as Italian as a Marie Callender's Frozen Lasagna.

Many people here probably wouldn't understand this though, when they probably think Italian Food is Dominos, and Little Ceasars Pizza.

$7 for a Salad,$14 for Chicken Scallopini, fresh from the Freezer ala Swanson? No thanks.
MommaZ

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Jan 20, 2012
How on earth can you say "All the food on the menu appears to me to be nothing more than frozen food out of a bag, easy to store, easy to make, cut a bag open, boil some water, open a bag of sauce, heat it, throw it on some pasta, nothing more. " Geez. As if you would know, just by the menu?

This town has too many pizza places, but an Italian restaurant - even a chain - is welcome!
Heisenberg

United States

#11 Jan 20, 2012
MommaZ wrote:
How on earth can you say "All the food on the menu appears to me to be nothing more than frozen food out of a bag, easy to store, easy to make, cut a bag open, boil some water, open a bag of sauce, heat it, throw it on some pasta, nothing more. " Geez. As if you would know, just by the menu?
This town has too many pizza places, but an Italian restaurant - even a chain - is welcome!
Because I know good food, and it does not exist in this backwoods hoe-bag excuse of a town. But I can see why you would think otherwise, as a long time resident, you are the prime example of what I am speaking about.
Unreliable Food Critic

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Jan 20, 2012
When they open, you need to ask the owner if you can watch what they cook and how they cook it if you are saying they cook from a bag. That may solve some of your libelous comments here.
crapshoot

Sanford, FL

#13 Jan 21, 2012
Unreliable Food Critic wrote:
When they open, you need to ask the owner if you can watch what they cook and how they cook it if you are saying they cook from a bag. That may solve some of your libelous comments here.
Your comment makes sense only in that it is a response to the usual attacks posted here by all the unbelievably wrong expectations of the posters! Bet not one of these posters, including Heisenberg, has a clue about running a real business. Whoever does not like it, simply don't go there.

But from all the posts in this forum, patronage must be at an all time low in Alamogordo, since everyone here has "all the answers" - by "answers" I mean a computer or smartphone.

A total crapshoot, indeed. No winners.
WARRIOR

Washington, DC

#14 Jan 21, 2012
crapshoot wrote:
<quoted text>
Your comment makes sense only in that it is a response to the usual attacks posted here by all the unbelievably wrong expectations of the posters! Bet not one of these posters, including Heisenberg, has a clue about running a real business. Whoever does not like it, simply don't go there.
But from all the posts in this forum, patronage must be at an all time low in Alamogordo, since everyone here has "all the answers" - by "answers" I mean a computer or smartphone.
A total crapshoot, indeed. No winners.
Thanks for playing!
crapshoot

Atlanta, GA

#15 Jan 21, 2012
BTW, Carinos in El Paso is a very good restaurant...you get what you pay for, not unlike Olive Garden.

It will be welcomed change!
crapshoot

Atlanta, GA

#16 Jan 21, 2012
WARRIOR wrote:
<quoted text>Thanks for playing!
Last I heard, you're the only PLAYER!

“Our nearest star”

Since: May 09

Alamogordo, NM

#17 Jan 21, 2012
crapshoot wrote:
BTW, Carinos in El Paso is a very good restaurant...you get what you pay for, not unlike Olive Garden.
It will be welcomed change!
Next time you head to Cruces, try Si Italian Bistro. They absolutely CAN'T be beat. It looks like they are closed on Sundays according to their FB page.

http://sibistro.com/
crapshoot

Atlanta, GA

#18 Jan 21, 2012
BarbMoore wrote:
<quoted text>
Next time you head to Cruces, try Si Italian Bistro. They absolutely CAN'T be beat. It looks like they are closed on Sundays according to their FB page.
http://sibistro.com/
Thanks for this info. Will most certainly give it a shot. Have yourself a nice day.
Heisenberg

Alamogordo, NM

#20 Jan 21, 2012
MommaZ wrote:
How on earth can you say "All the food on the menu appears to me to be nothing more than frozen food out of a bag, easy to store, easy to make, cut a bag open, boil some water, open a bag of sauce, heat it, throw it on some pasta, nothing more. " Geez. As if you would know, just by the menu?
This town has too many pizza places, but an Italian restaurant - even a chain - is welcome!
Are you stoopid or what?

Lobster Ravioli? Who you think's making that? The cook in the back?! lol

Calamari Appetizer, cut fresh, or already breaded frozen?

Chicken Scaloppini? Tiramisu? You gotta be kidding, when they hire a bunch of probationary ex criminals in the back for minimum wages.

Who you think's gonna be in the back, Mario Batali? Think again dummy. Don't you know Alamo-ghetto by now? If not, you're another lost loser. Wake up dummy! Or go back to school for some learnin.
Heisenberg

Alamogordo, NM

#21 Jan 21, 2012
crapshoot wrote:
<quoted text>
Your comment makes sense only in that it is a response to the usual attacks posted here by all the unbelievably wrong expectations of the posters! Bet not one of these posters, including Heisenberg, has a clue about running a real business. Whoever does not like it, simply don't go there.
But from all the posts in this forum, patronage must be at an all time low in Alamogordo, since everyone here has "all the answers" - by "answers" I mean a computer or smartphone.
A total crapshoot, indeed. No winners.
Ever eat "real" Italian Food? I bet not, not in your entire life.

Ever eat homemade ravioli? Manicotti? A Meatball that wasn't suitable for just playing golf with?

Trust when I say that 95% of Italian restaurant in chicago are utter shit. So what do you think you folks have here?

There has never been a real Italian restaurant in NM, and guess what? There never will.

NM is so far off the beaten path, that it's amazing some places can even make decent green chile here, you supposed famous NM dish. Probably because all your eateries are only looking to take you for a ride. Good food in NM> What a joke!?

Crap food in NM? Now I'll belive that.

Oh wait, there's good Italian food here, at Wally world, Stouffers! lol Joke is, that's probably better than any Italian Restaurant will make in the stone age state.

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