Work progresses on new Sandia tram restaurant
May 23, 2018 06:27 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – If you've ridden the Sandia Peak Tramway in the last year, you may have noticed something missing: the restaurant. It won't be that way for much longer.
The foundation has been laid at the top of the mountain. The new building will house two new restaurants, one fine dining and one casual.
The old High Finance restaurant at the top of the Sandia tram is now just a memory for co-owner Benny Abruzzo. It's still very dear to his heart. After all his own family built the entire tram area.
"What a vision Bob Nordhaus and my dad had back in the 60s," he said.
Abruzzo helped demolish the old building by hand. Starting the new one suffered a few delays, but now he said it's all on track.
"Now we're off and running, and this is the real deal and the finished product is starting," he said.
Abruzzo works on the project every day, and doing all of it dealing with a broken foot. For him, it's worth the pain and difficulty. He's doing it in memory of his dad, Ben.
"Our father was critical in the development of all of this, so we're building the next 50 years," he said.
Legacy, that's what it's all about. Abruzzo said he hopes to have this restaurant completely finished by spring 2019
"I'm the one that tore the old building down, and I'm going to make sure I'm here through every phase until we open the doors," he said. "And I'll be there when we pour the first beer and break the bottle of champagne."
Updated: May 23, 2018 06:27 PM
Created: May 23, 2018 05:31 PM
Copyright 2018 KOB-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved