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Vinaigrette has activated the street and improved the pedestrian experience. It has also become a local meeting place for many residents, who were underserved by restaurants until Vinaigrette arrived.

While repurposing the historic Sandia Theater on Route 66, we attracted a new tenant for a second vacant building next door. Erin Adams, owner of the Santa Fe restaurant Vinaigrette, wanted to open a Vinaigrette in Albuquerque and chose this location. Erin’s goal was to be a green-certified restaurant, and to that end, she salvaged flood-damaged trees from the local Dixon apple farm and used them for flooring. They made beautiful, wide-planked, distressed floors. She also kept the ceiling exposed, which made the original steel trusses visible and gave the interior an industrial, modern look. The exterior includes a private, landscaped garden and an outdoor patio.

Vinaigrette has activated the street and improved the pedestrian experience. It has also become a local meeting place for many residents, who were under-served by restaurants until Vinaigrette arrived. The restaurant is also committed to using organic produce and sourcing from local vendors.

Project Team

Developer: Rembe Urban Design + Development | Architect: Mullen Heller | Structural Engineer: Walla Engineering | Civil Engineer: Isaacson Arfman Consulting & Engineering  | Landscape: Heads Up | Contractor: Insight Construction