Vail Valley Bizwatch: Cafe de Luna by Debbie Marquez
Location: Located in the Christie Lodge, 47 E. Beaver Creek Blvd., Avon.Date opened: Jan. 30.Owner: Debbie Marquez, former co-owner of Fiestas Cafe & Cantina, Edwards.Contact info: Debbie Marquez, 970-949-1339What goods or services do you provide? Made-from-scratch New Mexican style food made the way I was taught by my grandmother and mom. Our from-the-farm chiles are purchased from farmers that have been growing them for our family for generations. We prepare our chiles and sauces and other traditional items like posole, menudo, tamales, sopaipillas and enchiladas the way they are served at home.What’s new or exciting at your place? We now have our liquor license and are serving a great margarita! Calabacitas – fresh grilled veggies New Mexico style. Great summer deck out front.What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? High Country Mex cuisine using always fresh ingredients.What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? Cafe de Luna prides itself in making nearly everything we serve in-house using fresh ingredients from reliable and socially conscious companies. We want everyone who dines with us to walk away full and happy!What can your customers expect from you? Great food, good service, great margarita and food made from wholesome ingredients.Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: I have been in the hotel/hospitality business since 1974. My background in the industry has led me to manage and operate several businesses in the valley including Raftmeister river rafting business from 1985-1994. Debbie founded Fiestas Cafe and Cantina, a popular restaurant in Edwards, in 1989. She is known in the community for her volunteer work as a local, state and national activists for the Democratic Party. She is in her second term as a Democratic National Committee member and will represent Colorado at the DNC convention this summer, where she will cast her vote for President Obama.What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? Well maybe not humourous, but Fiesta’s was founded by Anna and Debbie after Anna closed Anna’s Kitchen that was located in the Christie Lodge in Spanky’s Bar. We have come full circle.