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Sidekixx Restaurant and Bar

Welcome Sidekixx

It’s a Restaurant & Bar!

On October 8, T or C’s newest restaurant and bar Sidekixx opens to the public. You can find Sidekixx on Ninth between Date and Cedar, next to the Hot Springs Cemetery.

Just last month Sidekixx was operating as Point Blanc Taproom and Winery, a favorite among locals and visitors alike, serving beer, wine, pizza, tacos, and other fare. Sidekixx will be run by the superteam of Marianne Blaue and John Masterson and their ever expanding T or C Brewery Co. crew, so you know it’s going to be great.

Sidekixx’s food will be the same as Point Blanc’s to start — there’ll still be pizza (they mentioned the Margherita will be back, phew!), and a tasty selection of New Mexico beer, wine and spirits will be available.

It’s Also a Bowling Alley!

Sidekixx also plans to open the bowling alley, which is connected to the restaurant. With luck, you can slip into your bowling shoes before the year ends.

Over in Hillsboro

Hillsboro’s former “S Bar X” on Main Street has opened as a venue of sorts. Their first event was a talk about Pumas and Bears in the Black Range. and they’re planning a Halloween Hootenanny for late October. Follow @hillsboronm_community on social media to stay abreast.

Meanwhile, at the Lake

Part 1 (business)

Bigfoot Restaurant, an Elephant Butte staple that was at one time called Big Food, has gotten through the long pandemic by offering takeout only. But good news, they are able to seat guests again — not indoors yet, but inside their outdoor wine patio. Looks really cool!

Part 2 (recreation)

According to Elephant Butte Lake State Park’s Saul Baquera, our magnificent and still-ongoing 2022 monsoon season has added 8 vertical feet to the lake’s level. Can we get a hellyeah!?

Annual Events

Annual events got awfuly iffy & shifty starting in early 2020, for obvious reasons. But they have finally come roaring back!


The Veterans Day Car Show had to be pushed down the road to the Albert Lyon Event Center, due to construction on the lawn of the Veterans Home. Not to worry, though, the Lyon Center has ample space for cars to set up, and we are excited to see how it goes there! This event occurs during peak fall weather. We hope to see as many cars at the show as ever.


All the usual holiday events seem to be a go—by “all the holiday events” we mean Hillsboro’s Christmas in the Foothills, T or C’s Old-Fashioned Christmas, Elephant Butte’s Luminaria Beachwalk, and holidays sales in Chloride and Monticello.


The Annual Gathering of Quilts, which went missing entirely for a couple of years during the pandemic, returns to the T or C Civic Center in February 2023. That sound you hear might be the whir of Winter Quilter’s sewing machines, prepping.

The Wilderness: Still Wild

James with the Forest Service reported at our October meeting that rangers are waiting out the rains (longest monsoon season ever?) before attempting to restore trails in the Gila Wilderness, and roads are often impassable. So be careful. And here’s a thing to remember: if your vehicle gets stuck out there, they legally cannot help you. So you’ll need to call a friend or find another way to get unstuck. If you get lost (or lost and stuck), it’ll be the State Police conducting Search & Rescue.

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