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Cafe Caribe, Latin American restaurant opening in Downtown Albuquerque (Albuquerque Business First)

A rookie restaurant owner is planning to bring a new style of cuisine to Downtown Albuquerque.

Alejandro Arteaga said he’ll open Café Caribe ABQ in December at Downtown Albuquerque’s 4th Street Mall — which is now under reconstruction.

Arteaga, who will act as owner and chef, said the restaurant will offer Latin-Caribbean cuisine. He said his dishes are inspired from traditional offerings in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
Arteaga was born in Mexico City, where he said both sides of his family were passionate about cooking authentic Mexican cuisine. And while this will be his first foray into restaurant ownership, Arteaga said he has run kitchens since he was 17.

“At that time, I was the person in charge of cooking at our first taqueria-style restaurant,” he said. “At the age of 18, I moved to Los Angeles and started working in a Mexican restaurant where I learned to cook Tex-Mex dishes and discovered a passion for international cuisine.”

Arteaga later moved to New York City where he worked for a variety of eateries for 17 years, a time in which he gathered restaurant management and event experience, he said.
“My experience in cuisine includes Mexican, Spanish, Argentinean, Italian and Latin-Caribbean. With Café Caribe ABQ, I hope to bring everyone a little Caribbean escape,” he said. “We’ll have delicious tropical beverages and a classic coffee selection, too.”

Arteaga will occupy the space that was formerly Aldo’s Pizzeria. Aldo’s recently relocated its 4th Street Mall location to a storefront on Central Ave., where a Subway was located. Both properties are owned by Doug Peterson of Peterson Properties. Gannon Coffman and Brett Hills at NAI Maestas & Ward represented Arteaga in a lease deal for the 4th Street Mall space.

- Damon Scott, Reporter
Albuquerque Business First

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