Omar and Trisha Sanchez in front of their new restaurant opening in early 2014. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
From left, Trisha Sanchez with daughters Jenessa, 5, Nicole, 24, Syana, 7, husband Omar, and daughter Holly, 10, chat about restaurant plans with owner/qualifying broker Terry Salazar of Los Alamos Commercial Real Estate, right, and Associate Broker Michael Seivold. Son Mike Sanchez, 21, is not pictured. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Terry Salazar of Los Alamos Commercial Real Estate just helped Omar and Trisha Sanchez close on a 5,600-square-foot space for lease at 1350 Central Ave. The couple intend to open a family style restaurant in early 2014 that will occupy 75 percent of the ground floor of the building where Otowi Station Bookstore, Subway and LANL offices were housed.
“So many customers asked when we were coming up to Los Alamos,” said Omar, who with his wife owns Time Out Pizza in White Rock. “We have all of our distributors on board and ready to go and we’re looking to hire 20 people for our new restaurant.”
The Sanchez’ opened their 4,200 square-foot White Rock restaurant November of 2007 and six years later are launching their second eatery. It will be a different style yet remain family oriented, they said.
Omar recently retired from a law enforcement career with the New Mexico State Police. He and Trisha have four daughters and a son and live in White Rock.
“We have lots of new and exciting ideas that we don’t want to give away just yet,” Omar said. “We really want to surprise the community – they have been so good to us and now we want to give them something back.”
Terry Salazar is a longtime Los Alamos real estate broker. He says it’s not widely known that commercial real estate is on the upswing across the community.
“Commercial real estate is doing very well here, people just don’t see it because it’s going on behind the scenes,” Salazar said. “There are actually several major properties for sale but this is a small town so people don’t want signs, business drops 30 percent when a for sale sign goes up.”
Salazar is working with a number of investors interested in purchasing Los Alamos property, he said.
“I’m also working with two companies interested in the De Colores building,” he said. “Either company will bring in something new and exciting for the community. We’ve also got lots of office space available that can be converted to retail. Rents have come down and there is additional help with startup costs. There are new companies coming to town and we want to keep them here.”
Salazar is working with 15 serious clients and three serious investors he said are interested in Los Alamos.