Restaurateur Patrick Mockler-Wood stands in the center of the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill Thursday, which is set to open later this fall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
By Carol A. Clark
The highly anticipated opening date of the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill is drawing near. Partner Patrick Mockler-Wood invited the Los Alamos Daily Post on Thursday to tour progress at the new eatery at 614 Trinity Dr.
“We are opening later this fall and are very excited to have the community finally get to come in and enjoy this restaurant,” Mockler Wood said.
The Jemez Mountains are the inspiration for the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill, which has been designed to blend the rustic and rugged outdoors with a clean modern edge.
The Finishing Touch in Central Park Square worked with Mockler-Wood and his partners Catherine Mockler and Pawel and Dorota Listwan, all local entrepreneurs, to establish the color scheme for the new eatery in the former Blockbuster space in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center. Local electrician Pat Connelly is the electrical contractor on the project.
“In a town notorious for rolling up its sidewalks at 8 p.m., the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill is about to change that Los Alamos curfew … the new brewpub and grill will serve lunch and dinner and stay open late seven days a week, Mockler-Wood has said. “Local residents and visitors alike have longed for a social hotspot after seeing several establishments come and go over the years. No longer will they need to drive to Santa Fe to be served a cold microbrew on tap or taste a fresh new menu.”
The vision of the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill is to provide a unique gathering place for people to enjoy affordable food, drink, and company in a tasteful environment with exceptional service, Mockler-Wood said, adding that the restaurant will feature 30 world class beers on tap.
“In an effort to keep our beer the absolute coldest and to minimize excess foam, we cut into the refrigerator wall, which has 4-inch styrofoam insulation, and run the beer line instead through a thin stainless steel wall layer … a lot of research went into every detail of this restaurant,” Mockler-Wood said.
Chef Curtis Miller has been hired and will start Monday creating a diverse menu that will include burgers, steak, fish and vegetarian dishes and “an almost endless list of mouthwatering appetizers.”
“The eclectic community of Los Alamos needs a unique establishment. Pajarito Brewpub & Grill will rise to that need by providing a gastropub-style dining experience,” Mockler-Wood has said. “This will soon become the local after-work place to unwind, catch up with friends, or spend a relaxing afternoon on the outdoor deck seating area.”
The 3,070-square-foot restaurant, which with the outside deck area includes 1,800-square-feet of dining space, will feature several HD televisions. The outdoor seating area will allow diners to enjoy “New Mexico’s enchanting sunsets.”
Mockler-Wood and his partners intend to create a place where people stop to enjoy a meal or beer after spending time outdoors.
“I was born and raised in Los Alamos and for as long as I can remember, my wish for Los Alamos is to be the outdoor capital of New Mexico,” Mockler-Wood has said. “This place has more outdoor activities than anywhere I’ve ever been … we’ve got hiking, skiing, rafting, camping, mountain biking and the best rock climbing in the state … the sooner we start calling ourselves the outdoor capital of New Mexico, the sooner we’ll be able to be that.”
Patrick Mockler-Wood explains that the Pajarito Brew Pub & Grill bar top will be a patina copper. The drop-down ceiling above the bar and booth seating areas are made of Brazilian koa wood. The restaurant will feature 30 world class beers on tap. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
John McHale looks over the outdoor eating area of the Pajarito Brew Pub & Grill. He is the stepfather of Patrick Mockler Wood, a partner in the new restaurant. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
The kitchen installation is underway. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
The tiles have been installed in the restaurant restrooms at the restaurant. Finishing Touch in Los Alamos helped the partners design the color scheme and finishing details throughout the eatery. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Chef Curtis Miller has been hired and will begin Monday creating the menu for the restaurant. The dishware to be used at the Pajarito Brew Pub & Grill has been selected. Courtesy photo
The Pajarito Brewpub & Grill at 614 Trinity Dr. is set to open later this fall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com