Hotel Parq Central

The relationship between preserving history and developing real estate is often prickly. In 2007, David Oberstein and Marc Bertram faced this challenge head-on. Four years earlier, they and their partners had purchased a promising property on the edge of Albuquerque’s EDo district. Located in the city’s Huning Highland neighborhood, the 2.3-acre parcel fronted Central Avenue on its north side. Highland Park, with its stately elms, offered cool respite directly to the south. Nearby access to I-25 could only add to the value. To top it off, the main structure­­­­­­­­­­­­—originally built as the Santa Fe Railroad Hospital, in 1926—was still in use. Rent would offset some of the investors’ costs. And the property was priced to sell. Continue reading

Chefs of EDo

The evolution of Albuquerque’s East Downtown neighborhood from a sketchy, motel-ridden slice of Central to an urban oasis has been a relatively quick one. In the last few years, EDo (as it’s known)has boomed, with renovated lofts attracting residents, the Rail Runner calling to commuters and various art galleries and retail shops popping up along the stretch. The district’s graduation into a new kind of neighborhood is perhaps best seen in its restaurants. Suddenly EDo is bursting with eateries that draw people from all over the city. From a top-shelf diner and a veteran of fine dining to cafés that make luxury affordable and a pizzeria that raises comfort food to new heights, with a tantalizing rooftop bar thrown in for good measure, EDo has become one of Albuquerque’s best scenes for culinary connoisseurs. Continue reading