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Pig + Fig Café Moving To Much Larger Space

on November 16, 2017 - 10:12am
Following their lease signing, from left, building owner James Chrobocinski and Pig + Fig Café co-owners Laura Crucet and Fernando Crucet in front of the future home of their restaurant Tuesday afternoon at 11 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Bursting at the seams in their present location, Pig + Fig Café co-owners Laura and Fernando Crucet signed a lease Tuesday with Zia Realty Group owner/broker James Chrobocinski on a much larger space.

Chrobocinski recently purchased the former Bandelier Grill building at 11 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock, which will provide the Crucet’s with nearly triple the seating capacity they have now at 35 Rover Blvd., Suite G.

“I didn’t want to just rent this building to anyone … I was looking for someone I believed would be successful,” Chrobocinski told the Los Alamos Daily Post Tuesday afternoon. “This building has had several restaurants come and go so it’s time we transform it into a beautiful place for the community … a place that will provide excellent food and excellent management. Laura and Fernando have shown a proven track record of success and impeccable standards. I look forward to many years of success with them.”

It is a common sight to see a line of hungry customers stretching out the door as they wait for a table to come available at the present Pig + Fig Café.

“We never expected this kind of success,” Fernando said.

The new space will allow the Crucet’s to significantly increase their seating capacity and provide a large outdoor patio seating area. It also will allow them to expand their menu to include additional family friendly options, extend hours and days of operation, expand beer and wine selections, offer an upscale private dining area for wine dinners and private parties with seating for 40 people and remain open for regular business during special events and wine dinners.

The building is being renovated from top to bottom and given a rustic modern design. The Crucet’s are transferring their beer and wine license to the new restaurant where they will have a built-in wine storage area and six taps.

Plans are for the eatery to open for business in late January or early February and offer all day dining Monday through Saturday and Sunday brunch.

“We are overwhelmed and humbled by how loyal the White Rock Community has been,” Laura said. “We’re excited to be right in the heart of White Rock.”

Chrobocinski said he believes the restaurant’s location next to the new library, Smith’s and the visitor center deserves to be a beautiful part of the White Rock community. He and Laura are working with local interior designer Suzette Fox to create a very special space that will fit the needs of the entire community, he said.

Fox said she is honored and delighted to help transform the new location.

“Laura desires a family-friendly space that is rustic and modern at the same time,” Fox said. “I am thrilled that James bought the building (originally an A & W restaurant from the 1970s). We are all collaborating together to make it an aesthetically-pleasing space that welcomes locals and visitors alike ... and let’s face it, with Laura’s talent as a chef, everyone wins with this expansion!”

Laura brings a lot to the table in terms of training and experience. She has been in the restaurant business since she was 16, cooking professionally since she was 22 and studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.

“There’s a lot of exciting changes happening in White Rock and we are happy to be a part of it,” she said.

The Pig + Fig Café is accepting applications for its new location, apply at pigandfigcafe@gmail.com.


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