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Downtown Ferndale restaurant owners unexpectedly call it quits

New Mexico Tamale Company exterior and sign on 3rd Avenue (November 29, 2017). Photo: My Ferndale News

New Mexico Tamale Company Co-owners Dora Ruiz and Tammy Look took to their business’ Facebook page to announce the business, located at 5687 3rd Avenue, had been closed.

No further information was forthcoming. According to customers and nearby businesses there had been no indication from the owners to indicate closing the business was anticipated.

Ruiz and Look opened the Ferndale location in 2017 after operating a food truck in and around Blaine. The 3rd Avenue building served as a commissary kitchen for their food trailer operations as well as providing ready-to-eat and frozen menu items to walk-in customers.

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  1. Marlyse Timmins February 24, 2019

    So sorry, they provided an excellent product at a reasonable price

  2. Doc Stone February 24, 2019

    It was far from excellent. The food was so-so and the prices were freaking ridiculous. No one in their right mind would pay that much for a dozen tamales. If you think the food was excellent, you have missed out on some great tamales.

    Maybe they can learn from this experience and create a better product at a lower price.

  3. Rachel Butler February 24, 2019

    Being from New Mexico, I was happy to find decent tamales and posole up here. The only thing I could attribute lower sales enough to close, the super weird hours. It seemed like a miracle for it to be open. The prices could have been lowered if they were actually available after 6pm as I’m sure there should have been a stronger patronage.

  4. Brian Jones February 24, 2019

    Yes, the prices were unreal, the token chips & salsa an insult. I certainly had great homemade tomales and these weren’t. Very dry. Like one suggestion…rethink your product and prices. The hours seemed to be for the owners convenience, not the customers.

  5. Steven Allen February 24, 2019

    I thought their tamales were superb! I had quit eating tamales until I tried theirs. Sorry to see them go. I hope they reopen somewhere nearby.

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