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Business in brief, Nov. 13, 2018

November 20, 2018 GMT

New Italian-themed eatery and bar planned

Owners of The Ranch House Restaurant on Santa Fe’s south side plan to open a full-service Italian restaurant and lounge near their existing business in late spring or early summer.

Josh Baum and wife Ann Gordon plan an extensive remodel of the former Outback Steakhouse at 2574 Camino Entrada Road, where the new place, called Rustica, will be located. The building became vacant when Outback moved to a new space outside Santa Fe Place mall.

Baum and Gordon started with Josh’s BBQ on Zafarano Drive in 2005 before opening The Ranch House in 2011. “We just saw it as an opportunity to expand,” Baum said of the latest venture, for which the city governing body last week approved the transfer of a liquor license from the Buckhorn Bar in San Antonio, N.M. “We felt it wouldn’t compromise The Ranch House,” he said in a telephone interview.

Baum describes Rustica as two concepts in one. It will include an Italian gelato and espresso market when you walk in and a full-service restaurant and bar that will seat 155.

“We are going to make all of our own pasta from scratch, pizza and a full menu,” Baum said. All entrees will be under $20, he said.

“We will be doing a pretty aggressive remodel, so it will look completely different,” Baum said. The couple hope to begin construction after the first of the year.

Travel gear store to add DeVargas Center shop

Le Bon Voyage, specializing in luggage and all things travel for 32 years in the Guadalupe Station complex by the Railyard, is opening a second location in the DeVargas Center.

“I think there is a lot of potential over there,” said Le Bon Voyage owner Joel Garrett, who has owned the business for three years.

Le Bon Voyage II will occupy a 600-square-foot space next to Starbucks near one of the mall entrances, which is about one-third the size of the store at 328 S. Guadalupe St.

The DeVargas shop will take over an unused space between Starbucks and On Your Feet 2, the footwear store opened earlier this year by one of Le Bon Voyage’s retail neighbors in Guadalupe Station.

Le Bon Voyage II will have some of the same products as the original location and some new ones, Garrett said.

The second store will have some luggage, he said, but “more of a focus on women’s handbags, wallets and all travel accessories.”

The Guadalupe store offers more than 400 types of luggage, backpacks, garment bags, duffels, computer bags and briefcases, adapter plugs, converters and other travel accessories, according to its website.

Garrett hopes to open the DeVargas Center store by the first week of December.

Police: Holiday shopping raises risk for crimes

Beginning Friday morning following Thanksgiving Day, the Santa Fe Police Department plans to step up patrols during this year’s holiday shopping season.

The department says it usually sees an increase of auto burglaries, shoplifting offenses, traffic violations and occasionally lost children around the busiest shopping areas.

An announcement said city police will deploy uniformed and plainclothes personnel to conduct bait-car operations and close patrols of commercial and residential areas.

The goal: “Discourage, disrupt, and take enforcement action on criminal activity during the busy shopping season.”

The department also issued this reminder: “Hide your things, lock your vehicle, and, if you see any suspicious activity, report it to the police.”

Couple open furnishings, décor store in Santa Fe

Ampersand Old & New, a new home furnishings and décor store at 428 Sandoval St., across from the Santa Fe Design Center near downtown Santa Fe, plans to host its official grand opening in conjunction with Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24.

An announcement said the store “specializes in blending vintage and new unique, quality furniture in an eclectic assortment of styles including: modern, midcentury, farmhouse and classic designs. The shop also offers home décor and housewares and a wide array of gifts.”

Ampersand Old & New is owned by Cara and Robin Evans.

Cara Evans, who grew up in Silver City and lived in Santa Fe for 13 years before spending a year in Southern California, said in a blog post that she was inspired by monthly visits to the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, Calif. “And after a year in the rat race and smog that is Southern California, we longed to come home to Santa Fe where we could walk most everywhere we go and maybe, someday, afford to open a store.”

Snacks and beverages will be served at the grand opening from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. as well as gifts with purchases.

The New Mexican