While I was over at Nexus to talk to new head brewer Kaylynn McKnight (the full interview will be posted Friday), I also chatted with owner Ken Carson about Kaylynn’s hiring and another rumor that had been passed along to the Crew. We had been told that Nexus was close to settling on a location for a second restaurant/taproom. Ken had been talking about this possibility for a long time, so I asked him if our source was correct that things were finally moving forward.
They are indeed moving forward, as it turns out. Nexus is in the process of negotiating a lease to take over the old JB’s Restaurant next to the Plaza Inn on a hill overlooking Lomas and I-25.
Here is all that Ken had to say on the matter:
“We’re working on a lease for a new location. It’s just become so busy on Fridays and Saturdays that some of the customers are really getting (mad). They want to come here and eat, but they can’t because they have to wait for an hour to an hour-and-a-half just to get in. So we’re going to have to do something.
“The new location I’m working on is the old JB’s up on top of the hill at the Plaza Inn. If that doesn’t work, then I’m going to go find another spot. I like that spot because it’s got killer views of the west side. There’s a lot of potential for the building. It’s situated kind of in the middle of everything, Nob Hill, Downtown, the (UNM) hospital, everything. And then also you have the hotel there plus the (Embassy Suites) hotel across the (freeway). I think that’s a lot of potential to get business from them.
“We haven’t signed on the dotted line yet, so until that happens, I can’t say much (more).”
I think I speak for all Nexus fans that opening a second location is a great idea. Bringing the Scottish Ale and chicken and waffles closer to everyone that lives south of I-40 will be welcomed by many.
Ken will keep us updated on the progress with the lease negotiations, and in turn we will keep all of you updated as well.
Check back with us Thursday for our interview with Tim Woodward and Nico Ortiz of Turtle Mountain, followed by Kaylynn’s interview for Friday. Until then, for all of you fellow allergy sufferers out there, godspeed with the arrival of this dreadful wind.