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What's New in Albuquerque?

Updated: Jan 16

There are many new and exciting developments happening in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2024. Stay at an updated hotel along Route 66 just in time to celebrate Route 66’s centennial in 2026. The newly renovated Imperial Inn will be ready to welcome guests to its restored historic Route 66-era building with 52 guest rooms.


Ex Novo Brewing Company is expanding to downtown Albuquerque with a new location on Central Avenue (Route 66). Construction is underway on the large taproom, restaurant and beer garden. It’s set to open in summer 2024. Some Albuquerque wineries are expanding as well. Pasanda Tiempo Winery opened a larger wine tasting room in August. Casa Rondeña Winery is adding a new event center that will be ready to welcome guests in 2024. The renowned Gruet Winery recently announced a forthcoming additional tasting room.


Try a new restaurant in Albuquerque in 2024. The new Stackers Burger Co. in 505 Central Food Hall is the brainchild of Basit Gauba, a James Bear Award semi-finalist and Edible Magazine's Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown winner. The burger concept is the brick-and-mortar location of the popular food truck. In downtown Albuquerque, Wing It Up has signature wing recipes that were recently named the best chicken wings in the city by the Albuquerque The Magazine’s 2023 Best of the City Awards. Café Chica is a new donut shop in the El Vado courtyard that specializes in bombolinis, an Italian brioche donut. Sawmill Market also has two new dining spots. Sweets Soda Fountain reimagines the soda fountain experience as a modern sweet bar. Frenchies Sandwiches offers a modern take on French dip sandwiches.


Avanyu Plaza, across the street from the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, serves as a vibrant and culturally significant gathering space in Albuquerque that has recently welcomed new businesses. Mama’s Minerals and Rainwater Wellness Mind, Body, Spirit spa are two new openings that arrived in 2023. La Montañita Co-op is set to open a location at Avanyu in summer 2024.

Photo Courtesy of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center/Indian Pueblos Marketing, Inc.

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