500 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe NM 87501
Tomasita’s is conspicuously and manifestly a Santa Fe, NM restaurant serving Northern New Mexican cuisine. The dishes are made from recipes going back generations, showcasing the combination of food crops such as fruit, beans, chile and corn of the local food producers and farmers and recipes and culture of the area, literally going back centuries. Starting in 1974 the Maryol/Gundry family has stayed true to the local foods, ingredients and dishes of New Mexico. It has been and still is a beloved restaurant of both visitors and locals for over 40 years.
Three family generations of family proprietorship encompass this famous Santa Fe eatery, going back to Tomasita’s inception. The original owner of Tomasita’s, Georgia Maryol, began the business in 1974 when Santa Fe, NM, had a population of 55,000 or so, one block south of St. Francis Drive on Hickox Street. The restaurant was started with local cook and friend Tomasita Leyba. The dishes on the menu when it opened came from Tomasita. This soon to be destination Santa Fe, NM, restaurant become very popular very quickly and a few years later the space couldn’t handle the traffic coming to eat there, so it changed locations to the iconic building it sits in today on Guadalupe Street in the downtown area of Santa Fe.
Tomasita’s is a large part of Georgia’s time today and she retired from its daily operation back in 2001. Ignatios Patasalis, Georgia’s cousin, ran Tomasita’s from 2001 to 2010 and is the general manager today. George Gundrey, the son of Georgia Maryol, became the owner in 2011. This transition in ownership within the family locked in the continued drive to provide high quality food and service, focus on family values and its strong life-long connection to Santa Fe and its wonderful people, all started by Georgia and Tomasita when the restaurant opened 41 years ago. George is the owner of Atrisco Café & Bar, the sister company of Tomasita’s, located on Paseo de Peralta in the Devargas Mall, just minutes from the restaurant.
The restaurant occupies the one hundred year old commercial building at 500 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe, NM, that was the home station house location for the Chile Line of the Denver and Rio Grande between Denver and the New Mexico Territory. The line originally ran from 1870 to 1880 from Antonito, Colorado to Santa Fe, NM. It delivered local goods like lumber, wool, chile and fruit. It continued to run through the 1930’s, but because of reduction in demand for lumber, the run on the line was discontinued, making its last trip on Sept. 1, 1941. The building was built in 1904 as the station house and today it is the home of iconic destination Santa Fe, NM, restaurant Tomsita’s!