Bartender Brian Schwarz and Jazmon Miller, corporate bar trainer for K-Bob’s Steakhouse, a restaurant chain based in Santa Fe, stand behind the new steakhouse’s bar during lunch hour traffic. (Tess Townsend photo)
Business is already booming at the new K-Bob’s Steakhouse on North Main Street.
“We’ve been very busy,” said Carol Jaramillo, a server and bartender at the restaurant, adding that Wednesday and Thursday “there was not a seat empty.”
K-Bob’s opened its new location, attached to Best Western Sally Port Inn & Suites Tuesday. The steakhouse serves up meals made from scratch ranging in price from $7.99 to $19.99. Dishes include chicken, seafood, a full salad bar and, of course, steak.
Jay Arismendez, general manager of the Roswell location, claims the house green chile burger is the “best in New Mexico.”
Roswellites are no stranger to the chain, which had two locations in town about 15 years ago that have since closed, according to John Calo, New Mexico regional director for K-Bob’s.
The new venue houses more than 6,000 square feet of space with capacity for 450 diners, plus capacity for 300 in catering spaces behind the restaurant in Sally Port Inn.
Staff count amounts to 125, with 75 servers, bartenders and managers slotted for each shift.
Employees enjoy perks such as free meals before and after shifts.
“You can’t have people working with food hungry,” said Calo.
He said that depending on the flow of customers, more hiring may be on the docket.
K-Bob’s started in Clovis in 1966 and channels a “small family restaurant” atmosphere, according to Calo.
The chain is now based in Santa Fe and has 16 locations in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma.
“It’s an old brand and it’s a hometown brand,” Calo said.
And one with a commitment to community involvement, Arismendez boasts. The weekend before opening, K-Bob’s hosted fundraisers for 4-H and Roswell and Goddard High School athletic and music extracurricular activities, raising thousands of dollars.
Waiters and bartenders say they are excited to be part of the new venture.
Jazmon Miller, who trains bartenders for the K-Bob’s corporation and is on site temporarily, called the new restaurant’s bar her “baby.” She said the bar staff “set me up real well.”
“There’s no room for failure,” she said.
Thus far, success looks like it’s in the stars for the eatery. Tables were buzzing with patrons just after noon on Thursday. A group of three Napa Auto Parts employees were enjoying their lunch break over meals of steak.
“We just saw that they opened a few days ago and we wanted to try it,” said Hiram McIntyre. “And it’s good.”