Sad to see Casa Vieja go.
August 22, 2011
Casa Vieja was one of those places that you either loved or hated. It’s Urbanspoon listing shows that 161 people have voted for it and 41 percent didn’t like it. The reviews are about evenly split between positive raves and negative pans, and most of the reviews are well thought out and informative.
Here are some of the review titles:
- Great new restaurant for the Village of Corrales
- Great local restaurant
- Wonderful food & great service
- Best in New Mexico
- A disastrous change of ownership wrecks formerly fine restaurant
- Bad Food, Bad Service
- Ambitions Amok. The Result is Woeful….
- My Worst Meal Ever in New Mexico
I know most of the reviewers, and have no reason to doubt their sincerity or veracity. So, what was going on with this place? And why did it rate so highly in the print-magazine and online polls? The newspaper and magazine reviews were mostly glowing. I have my ideas and would gladly discuss them with you over a pint or two of Marble IPA. We can meet at the Corrales Bistro Brewery just up the street from the now-empty Old House.
I really wanted Casa Vieja to succeed. It is but a short walk from my house. Corrales needs a fine dining place and destination restaurant such as this could have been.
I wish Katy and Josh (fellow Corraleños) all the best in overcoming this misfortune. I hope that they will rise again in Corrales, stronger than ever. I will be among the first in the doors when that happens.
Sic transit gloria mundi.
“Will Casa Vieja reopen? Will closure of the building for concerns over public safety, ordered by the Village of Corrales’ building inspector August 5, lead to its demolition?
“Answers to those questions will apparently come mostly from the owner of the building, Albuquerque attorney Floyd Wilson, and he’s not talking.
“At least, the attorney has not responded to numerous calls made to his law office and to his home regarding the future of the venerable Corrales building, some parts of which are said to be more than 300 years old.
“When the owners of the restaurant business (as distinct from the owner of the property), Josh and Kate Gerwin, took down the Casa Vieja signs at the entrance along Corrales Road over the August 6-7 weekend, rumors flew all over the village.
“Generally, those rumors made the situation seem more of a calamity than may be the case.
“A load-bearing adobe wall at the northwest end of the building had collapsed, some said, and part of the roof had fallen in. Both of those scary prospects are probably over-stated. But problems there are, without a doubt.
“The most serious of those involve the walls along the north side of the old building, where water and waste water issues from dish-washing and drainage to the septic system are concentrated.
“The Casa Vieja dish room was, to put it mildly, a pretty wet place, as in most restaurants. The Gerwins could tell the wall there was having problems, so they called in Bonifacio Gurule, the adobe expert who last year had shored up the blue viga portal that fronts Corrales Road.”
Read the full Corrales Comment article (Can Sewer Line Completion Save Water-Weakened Casa Vieja? ) Written by Jeff Radford.
From The Weekly Alibi:
Goodbye, old house
“Casa Vieja’s 300-
“”The charming 18th-
“Since buying the restaurant in 2009, the Gerwins’ food and drink have been well-
“The restaurant’s emphasis on locally sourced ingredients made it a favorite with foodies, and the eclectic cocktail and wine lists made even the pickiest drinker happy. The menu reflects the slow food movement by embracing organic and sustainable fare that’s never seen the inside of a can.
“The Gerwins have not revealed their next step after the condemnation of their building, but here’s hoping they bring their culinary creations further into the city.”
Closed: Casa Vieja