Worries Overshadow Restaurant Festivities
New Mexico restaurants have been noticing a reduction in revenue
since the tribal casino compacts were signed in 1995. An Albuquerque Journal North Section
article about the festivities at the New Mexico Association awards dinner relates the
following: "Elizabeth Lou' McLod, co-owner of Julian's, was named restaurateur of the
year at the Feb. 18 New Mexico Restaurant Association awards dinner-but not everyone felt
they had something to celebrate. As the Legislature grapples with Indian gaming compacts,
restaurant owners are watching their revenues decline, and they blame the casinos.
"McLod and other winners were applauded, but there was an
undercurrent of worry at this year's dinner-worry about the effect gambling has had on the
New Mexico restaurant industry.
Dr. Guy C. Clark, Executive Director
New Mexico Coalition Against Gambling