Big Doin’s at the Chloride Bank Cafe – Grand Opening Celebration

Date(s) - Sunday September 1, 2019
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Chloride Bank Cafe, 136 Wall Street, Chloride

Contact: Linda Turner
Chloride Bank Cafe

Located in the historic ghost town of Chloride, NM, the building that houses the Chloride Bank Café was built to be a bank in 1884. Although the bank had its checks and deposit slips printed, it failed to open as the old mining towns tended to be cash poor, the wealth was in the ore they mined. It did open as a saloon and was prosperous. Through many different uses and finally having the large beams which supported the roof removed, the building became a stone derelict. The old bank building has been resurrected and is filled with period pieces, items reminiscent of Chloride’s history and a thoroughly modern stainless steel kitchen, and now serves as the Chloride Bank Café, affectionately known as the CBC.

The Chloride Bank Café will celebrate its Grand Opening on Sunday, September 1st from 11 AM to 6 PM. There will be great food, drawings for gift certificates and the opportunity to meet and welcome Chef Don and his wife Belinda, the new operators of the CBC.  Music will be provided by “On Call”.  They will have your toes tapping and if you want to dance in the street that’s okay too!

Donald Reis has Culinary Arts degrees from both Bradford College in Columbus, Ohio and Le Cordon Bleu in Austin, Texas and has also studied Puerto Rican, Mexican and Cuban cuisine. Don has worked as head chef in many kitchens in Ohio, Wyoming and South Dakota, where he served as Banquet Chef for the Governor’s retirement party. He is so proud to bring New Mexican-American cuisine to the Chloride Bank Café, where he blends all his own spices. New Mexican-American cuisine being defined as a flavorful blend of many different chilis and spices meant to enhance flavors and not bring the heat.

Chef Don is joined at the Chloride Bank Café by his wife and partner Belinda. Originally from Alabama, Belinda enjoys contributing to the CBC with homemade desserts and dinner rolls. Yell “Roll Tide” when you meet her! A major Alabama football fan, Belinda is really enjoying life in Chloride, New Mexico.

The Chloride Bank Café is open Thursday thru Monday 11 AM to 6 PM, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The CBC is located at 136 Wall Street in Chloride, NM, northwest of Truth or Consequences, just 35 miles off I-25 via Hwy 52 to Winston, turn left, then 2 ½ miles on paved road to Chloride. For more info contact the restaurant at 575-743-0414 or Follow them on Facebook to receive notices of special deals and events at the CBC.

While in Chloride (population 14) plan to visit the Pioneer Store Museum and the Monte Cristo Gift Shop & Gallery, both just across the street from the café and open daily from 10 AM to 4 PM. The Pioneer Store was built in 1880 and operated until 1923. It sat sealed with all of its contents, merchandise and furnishings for more than 70 years before being restored as a museum. The museum also includes the Grafton Cabin and various large pieces of equipment used back in the day. The Monte Cristo, once a dance hall and saloon, features the work of local artists including paintings, quilts, ceramics, woodwork, jewelry, photography and books by local authors about the area’s history. Chloride sits on the east edge of the Gila National Forest and has an RV park and vacation rental cabins also built in the 1800s but now fully restored and modern on the insides. Who knew a ghost town would have so much to see and do!

Big Doin's at the Chloride Bank Cafe - Grand Opening Celebration
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