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Six years ago, Trish and Omar Sanchez took a leap of faith and opened a new pizza restaurant in White Rock, which has seen its share of local restaurants come and go. Many closed, changed hands, names and faces; but Timeout Pizza has endured, grown and thrived over the years.
The couple set out to create a family restaurant that also captures the originality and flair of the community. They did just that and they are now known as the local gathering place for parties and team celebrations. The walls of the restaurant are filled with sports memorabilia and antiques, most of which are relics donated by Los Alamos residents or came straight out of Omar’s childhood home in southern New Mexico. The menu offers pizzas, sandwiches, ice cream and more at affordable prices; as well as, conference space and delivery services.
The couple is celebrating their recent anniversary by bringing the same successful formula to the center of the Los Alamos community. The Sanchez’s announced last week that they have just signed a lease to occupy the spaces previously occupied by Subway and Otowi Bookstore, as well as, the adjacent empty office spaces. Demolition and remodeling are set to begin this week. There is a lot of work to be done before they can officially open their doors to the public; however, Omar says that they are on the fast track to open the restaurant as soon as possible.
Trish and Omar shared that they had been exploring space options for several months, and they even considered leasing space in the new Smith’s Marketplace. They worked closely with Terry Salazar of Los Alamos Commercial Real Estate and Tammy Olinger of RE/MAX looking at spaces all over town. Since they were looking for a large space, it was difficult to find both the perfect location and the price to suit their needs.
Then, their real estate team told them about a space that had just become available. There had been previous ongoing negotiations that had fallen through. The Sanchez’s looked at the space and knew immediately that it was the ideal location for their new venture. It was perfectly placed next to the Science Museum; and tucked neatly in the center of town, where many have been working hard to create renewed interest in the downtown district. They quickly finalized the deal and have been working with building owner, Roger Waterman, to begin renovations.
The Los Alamos Monitor visited with the Sanchez’s in the new space that will soon house their second Timeout Pizza location. The entire family, even their small children, beamed with enthusiasm about their new endeavor. Everyone was all smiles and the children were dancing around the big open space that will soon be filled with tables and chairs, patrons and the smell of pizza. The Sanchez’s expressed gratitude to both Salazar and Olinger, as well as landlord, Roger Waterman for helping them transform their idea in reality.
Since the opening will depend upon the progress of construction, they are hesitant to release any target opening dates. Both Trish and Omar are currently exploring all the possibilities for the new restaurant; and are looking forward to finally fulfilling customer requests to open a location in town.
They are hoping to fill the void left by some of the recently closed restaurants, and finally give museum visitors a place nearby to dine and relax.
For more information, watch for further updates in future editions of the Los Alamos Monitor. They are currently hiring for the Los Alamos location. Those interested should visit the White Rock restaurant in person to complete an application.
-April M. Brown