Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Biting the Chains.(Final)

Byline: Charlotte Balcomb Lane Journal Staff Writer

N.M. restaurants join forces to market dining locally

Some local restaurateurs are putting giant restaurant chains on notice -- they want their customers. At a press conference today at Scalo Northern Italian Grill, the owners of 21 restaurants in the metro area will announce the formation of Albuquerque Originals, a chapter of a national organization seeking to raise awareness about the benefits of patronizing local eateries. The local restaurants include The Range, O'Niell's Pub and Artichoke Cafe.

Albuquerque Originals is the newest chapter of the Council of Independent Restaurants of America, a nonprofit trade association whose motto is, "It's time to fight back and unchain America. …

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