Monthly Archives: July 2013

Sugar’s BBQ & Burgers is for Sale for $750,000

Sugar's 1MLS # 201303321, Asking Price is $750,000 1799 State Road 68, Embudo, New Mexico.

Sugar’s BBQ & Burgers in Embudo, New Mexico is for sale for $750,000.  Founded by Nancy and Neil Nobles 13 years ago, Sugar’s is a nationally recognized food lover’s mecca.  Gourmet Magazine named Sugar’s as one of America’s Top Ten best drive-ins in May, 2005.  Jane and Michael Stern have showcased Sugar’s on Roadfood.com.  A staple on the exclusive New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail, Sugar’s has won rave reviews for its barbeque and burgers from the public on Chowhound, TripAdvisor and Yelp.

Sugar’s is located at 1799 State Road 68 on the way to Taos from Santa Fe along a winding canyon road that borders the Rio Grande.  Embudo is a charming river community nestled among magnificent cottonwoods approximately 5 miles west of Dixon, NM, a thriving artist and agricultural village that is home to the largest number of organic farmers in the state.  Several wineries are close by Embudo, including Vivac, La Chiripada and Black Mesa as well as Blue Heron, a brewery.

Main residential home

Main residential home

The 3.7 acre property has six structures on it, including the diner.  It comes with a 2,700 square foot 3 bedroom, 2 bath home that has a large Saltillo tiled sunroom across the front, a 1,200 square foot gallery/studio that is currently leased to Southwest Country Gifts & Art, a 1,624 square foot 3 bedroom, 2 bath guesthouse, a round adobe hogan which has electricity and a concrete floor and a workshop with a storage room.

Sugar’s has outdoor seating and an old style wood porch.  The front porch is covered with large billboard menus, hand-painted signs and a photo of the pet bulldog, Sugar, for which the restaurant was named.  An antique soda vending machine and carved wooden bench reside on the porch, while picnic tables and gardens are scattered around the diner.

Back patio of main residential home

Back patio of main residential home

Across the road there is an acre of land with river frontage on the Rio Grande and spots to put in a fishing pole or canoe. The possibilities are endless with the property, limited only by a buyer’s imagination.  This compound could be a B&B or an artist’s retreat.

The owners will transfer the name, Sugar’s BBQ & Burgers, and their recipes and even give a new buyer a few weeks of consulting advice if requested to do so. Nancy Nobles explains that after 13 years of carefully building a reputation for outstanding food and service, she and Neil want to retire.  “We’re ready for someone else to take over the kitchen,” Nancy states.

Retail gift shop

Retail gift shop

Karen Meredith, a commercial broker with Keller Williams, points out, “This is great opportunity for an ambitious restaurateur to build on the wonderful food legacy that the Nobles have established.  This is a turnkey sale that includes all of the equipment they have been using to run the restaurant business, except for one smoker that was built by a friend who passed away and has sentimental value.”

Sandra Wright Page, a residential broker with Keller Williams, notes “Sugar’s is famous for their brisket but I love their burgers so much I can’t pass up the opportunity to have one when I am there.  They are only open Thursday-Sunday but they often sell out before they close on Sunday.  If you want to be sure to get some of their mouthwatering brisket, come on a Saturday or come early on Sunday.”

Contact Karen Meredith, Keller Williams Realty, karenbmeredith@gmail.com, 505-603-3036 or Sandra Wright Page, Keller Williams Realty, 505-690-8373, sandrawrightpage@gmail.com for more information.