THE LA MESITA STORY
Charles “ Smokey” Stover and his wife Barbara opened La Mesita in 1951 in a small building off of scenic highway 84/285 in the beautiful Pojoaque Valley. The mouth-watering, yet simple food coming out of Smokey’s kitchen quickly attracted a local following and began pulling customers from Los Alamos, Santa Fe and beyond. Soon Smokey's fried spring chicken became a La Mesita staple. Along with the hand-cut red potato fries, flavor-filled cheese burgers and homemade desserts, La Mesita became an essential part of the Pojoaque community and a must-stop for visitors.
Smokey’s passion for food was passed on to his daughter Sheila as she spent her childhood in the restaurant. Through the years as Sheila grew, the Stover family brought joy, laughter, great company and delicious food to families and visitors to Northern New Mexico. Eventually Smokey and Barbara passed the restaurant down to Sheila. Along with help from Nina Roybal, La Mesita continued to bring families, friends, and neighbors together. In 2001, Sheila could no longer operate La Mesita and after 50 years of great food, loving memories and generations of loyal patrons, La Mesita closed its doors.
In 2014, a third generation of the Stover family reopened La Mesita. Smokey's grandson Sean- who shared a childhood quite similar to his mother - engulfed in family recipes, friendly hospitality and hard work, re-opened the beloved family restaurant with the same concept in mind as his mother and grandfather.
There are many relics around the restaurant that give a glimpse into where La Mesita came from. But none are more vivid than the classic tastes and flavors coming out of the kitchen.
Sean and his family welcome you to La Mesita. Here food, fun, friends and family come together!
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