By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun
Tucumcari will soon have two new places to eat and two new places to sleep along South First Street near McStop truck stop, officials said.
The quick-rising framework that will house a Long John Silvers is already rapidly under way, but that’s not the only establishment planned for the area.
In addition to Long John’s fish and chips, Tucumcari folks will soon have a Holiday Inn Express and La Quinta hotel, along with an A&W restaurant.
Tucumcari’s Project Coordinator and Zoning Administrator Yvette Fazekas said permits have already been filed for the four businesses and she already has the blueprints for the Holiday Inn.
She said the three-story building, a total of 45,834 square feet, will house 81 rooms and will be complemented by a covered patio, putting green and swimming pool.
“The layout is wonderful,” Fazekas said. “There’s plenty of parking.”
Fazekas said the dirt work is already in progress for the Holiday Inn, but no date is given for construction to begin.
If the swiftness of Long John Silvers is any indication, once construction begins it will soon be completed.
“The groundwork was being done when I went to Clovis (one day),” Fazekas said of the Long John Silvers. “When I came back they had the framing up.”
The owner of the new restaurants is Microtel motel’s owner Danny Patel.
The Holiday Inn and La Quinta are owned by Nitin Bhakta, along with partners who include his brother-in-law Neil Patel. The Bhaktas’ mini monopoly in Tucumcari already includes the Super Eight, Budget Inn, Hampton Inn and Travel Lodge.
Nitin Bhakta also said they are planning to open a Hampton Inn in Santa Rosa.
Bhakta also said Tucumcari’s current Holiday Inn is going to operate independently of the franchise system, so it was simply a matter of agreeing to open a replacement before someone else did.
Bhakta said he’s had more than 27 years experience as his family owned the Budget Inn and he’s been a part of it since he was a teenager.
“The clients here are basically transient people passing through,” Bhakta said of the Tucumcari trade. “And more people are traveling every year.”