Recent reports from the New Mexico Restaurant Association show that Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham killed around 1,100 of the 5,775 restaurants in New Mexico during her brutal two-year pandemic lockdown. These restaurants account for nearly one-fifth of all restaurants in the state.
The group’s executive director, Carol Wight, told the Santa Fe New Mexican, “[T]he fact we lost 18 percent is huge,” adding that 71 percent of restaurant operators do not have “enough employees to support their existing customer demand.”
The Republican Party of New Mexico noted, “These painful closings came despite multiple calls from bipartisan lawmakers to change the Emergency Powers Code to include the State Legislature in the decision-making process.”
“As a restaurant owner in Mosquero, I have seen firsthand the challenges restaurants across the state have dealt with over the last two years,” said state Representative Jack Chatfield (R-Mosquero).
“I am not surprised that nearly 20% of our restaurants closed. Unfortunately, Governor Lujan Grisham made these decisions on her own, and our Legislative body was not involved in the [pandemic]-emergency decisions. There is much work to be done to regain the trust of New Mexico’s small business community, as many feel Governor Lujan Grisham has left them behind in favor of national chain establishments.”
During the lockdown, Lujan Grisham bucked her own mandates to buy jewelry while chastising New Mexicans.
The news of the restaurants going under comes after 40% of small businesses closed under her watch, according to the New Mexico Department of Tourism.
As we previously reported:
During the pandemic, the Governor locked the state down completely, which crippled countless small businesses across the board. The few businesses and religious organizations that defied Lujan Grisham were plunged into even further financial ruin with fines of up to $60,000 and State Police ordered to shut businesses down.
While ruling during the pandemic, Lujan Grisham constantly bashed people across the state, even publicly shaming people in places like Española and Hobbs who she saw did not wear masks driving or eating at a restaurant.
During the holidays, Lujan Grisham forced New Mexicans to stand in cold breadlines to buy food and basic goods, with the elderly, disabled, and children forced to face the cold while the Governor feasted on taxpayer-funded $200/lb Wagyu steaks and skirted her pandemic orders to buy luxury jewelry.
New Mexicans are now continuing to face the consequences of Lujan Grisham’s harsh orders, many paying with the destruction of their livelihoods, including the 40% of small businesses gone forever.