If you made a wrong turn in Albuquerque and ended up in Maplewood, you may not realize you’re lost. That’s because Southwest Diner, slated to open in late April/early May, will be slinging traditional diner food along with dishes blanketed in the green and red chiles for which New Mexico is known.
“I’ve spent a lot of time [in New Mexico] over the years: vacationing, studying and living there for a while,” says Jonathan Jones, co-owner of the upcoming eatery. “If I could eat [New Mexican food] every day, I would. And I guess I can now.”
Opening Southwest with Jones is his girlfriend, Anna Sidel, formerly of Holy Crepe food truck. Sidel and Jones, also of Fats Pierre, recognized the potential in opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant after they witnessed firsthand the success of their taco stand, also named Southwest Diner, that’s set up every weekend at the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market.
In addition to items such as breakfast tacos and enchiladas—each covered in a trademark New Mexican chile sauce—Southwest will also be offering classic diner fare. Set to serve breakfast and lunch seven days a week, Jones is positioning the restaurant to be traditional for both St. Louis and Albuquerque natives, alike.
“We’re pushing the envelope a little bit for St. Louis, but not going crazy,” Jones says. “If you want to expand your horizons a little bit, or if you miss New Mexican cuisine, you can find it here. We want to be comfortable and accessible to everybody.”
Southwest Diner's Facebook page features pictures of the currently underway construction.
Southwest Diner, 6803 Southwest, facebook.com/SWdinerSTL