Barelas News

Barelas Park Reopening + Honoring Juan José Peña   

June 7, 2023 | CABQ – “Barelas Park is the beating heart of Albuquerque’s history and heritage,” said Parks and Recreation Director, Dave Simon. “The park renovation will help keep the community healthy and strong for years. Welcome back!”

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City announces recipients of the 2023 Creative Bravos Awards   

June 9, 2023 | ABQ Journal – “We are happy to honor the remarkable creative achievements of this year’s winners and eagerly anticipate the joyous moments of sharing their inspiring stories with the community once more,” said first lady Elizabeth Kistin Keller, who chairs the selection committee. “The vibrant and exceptional talents within our local creative community truly paint Albuquerque as a lively and extraordinary haven for living, working, and enjoying life to the fullest.”

Barelas! Named a Best Food Neighborhood in the U.S. (no surprise here, verdad?)   

August 30, 2022 | AFAR – Settled in the 1600s, this neighborhood is the oldest in Albuquerque. It hugs the Rio Grande and Camino Real, a colonial-era trail that once led all the way to Mexico City and is now home to the South Broadway Cultural Center and National Hispanic Cultural Center. The latter houses Torreón, the largest concave fresco in North America, and the destination restaurant La Fonda del Bosque, where you may be tempted by the Chinese barbecued duck quesadilla or Albuquerque French Dip, served with a green chile red wine au jus. The area has a wealth of old-school panaderias and Mexican and New Mexican restaurants. Some have even made their way into popular culture, appearing on shows both real (Man vs. Food) and fictionalized (Better Call Saul).

Street Food Institute breaks ground on new home in Barelas   

August 19, 2022 | Albuquerque Journal – Elizabeth Bibiano, owner of vegan New Mexican restaurant Vegos, can’t say enough about her time at Street Food Institute. “The access and resources, the plethora of knowledge — wow, holy cow,” Bibiano said. And soon, more New Mexican foodies will be able to access those resources as Street Food Institute breaks ground on its new facility, Central Barelas Kitchen. The new building will triple its size.