Fans of Michael’s Kitchen Restaurant and Bakery are about to go through their annual withdrawal pangs as the popular eatery closes down for a few weeks to conduct its annual remodeling and deep cleaning.
The restaurant will close Sunday (Oct. 29) at 2 p.m., earlier if it runs out of food. The restaurant will reopen Friday (Dec. 15) at 7 a.m. for breakfast.
“We are excited about our new video monitors for the bakery to assist customers with ordering and are working on enhanced Wi-Fi coverage in our old adobe building so folks have better internet access,” said Jamie Tedesco, who handles marketing for Michael’s.
Tedesco said owners Derek and Gina Apodaca close annually in order to do some deep cleaning, catch up on repairs and give their employees a well-earned vacation before the busy holiday season begins.
“Some of our employees have been with us for over five decades and enjoy the time off to spend with their families during the remodeling that takes place each year,” said Derek Apodaca in a statement for the restaurant.
Michael’s Kitchen Restaurant and Bakery has been a landmark in Taos for both locals and tourists alike for more than four decades. The original building where Michael’s is housed was built in the 1940s.
It took nearly three years of fine-tuning the recipes and menu to meet the demands of the diverse group of local Taoseños, Hispanics, Native Americans and tourists. Word of the solid comfort food and delectable baked goods at the shop spread. Michael’s Kitchen Restaurant & Bakery became popular with both locals and tourists.
Michael’s Kitchen does its best to prepare all meals from scratch. A perfect blend of authentic Northern New Mexico chile dishes and good old American standards is offered to please everyone in the family.
“Fifty gallons of our trademarked red and green chile is made every day. On weekends we go through about 330 dozen eggs preparing our popular breakfast dishes including bacon and eggs, huevos rancheros, omelet extraordinaire, strawberry waffles, atole-piñon pancakes, breakfast enchiladas and our poor man’s eggs benedict smothered with red, green or veggie-green chile,” said Gina Apodaca in a statement.
Some of the restaurant’s more popular lunch items include daily specials for $7.95 with a beverage. The menu also includes a veggie omelet, a chalupita or a guacamole salad. “Derek’s lunch” is a Taos-style cheesesteak with diced green chile. For those with a little extra hunger, there’s the “Belly Buster,” a double-decker hamburger piled high with double cheese, double bacon, diced green chile, avocado and all the fixings.
Plus, for fans of breakfast who don’t bat an eye at eating pancakes for dinner, Michael’s serves breakfast all day.