New Mexico History Museum

Yummy News: History Museum welcomes Dulce Bakery

June 25, 2013


Staffers of the New Mexico History Museum are delighted to welcome an offshoot of the popular dulce bakery + coffee to the museum’s Cowden Café. Now up and running, “dulce downtown” is operating a coffee shop and bakery/café in the museum’s second-floor space through this fall.

“Visitors get so involved with our exhibits that they can use a little sustenance to keep the fun and the learning going,” said museum Director Frances Levine. “The second-floor terrace is an outdoor-dining treat in itself, and we’re glad that visitors will once again get to use it.”

dulce (yes, lower-case, please) is owned by pastry chef Dennis Adkins and businessman-baker Kirk Barnett. Located at 1100 Don Diego Avenue near Cordova Road, the bakery serves sumptuous helpings of fresh-baked pastries, quiche, coffees and teas to customers eager for red velvet cupcakes, blueberry-ginger scones, banana-walnut muffins, bread pudding, lemon tarts, and cheesecake.

“We’re looking forward to bringing our popular baked goods, espresso and coffee closer to downtown Santa Feans and interacting with museum visitors as well as the general public,” Barnett said. “We’re already planning to add more items to our menu for lunch and for some of the special summer events at the museum. As always, we’ll use local ingredients whenever we can, including our flour, many of our eggs, milk and cream, and locally owned Agapao Coffee. We’ll also scour the farmer’s market for some seasonal ingredients.”

Set on the museum’s second floor, dulce downtown is open to the public via the Washington Avenue doors. Diners who also wish to visit museum exhibits can purchase a ticket at the Lincoln Avenue admissions desk. The cafe will operate from 9 am to 4 pm, Tuesday through Sunday, with possible adjustments as it settles into a downtown rhythm. The café is ADA accessible.

For more information about dulce, log onto or call 505-989-9966.

The café is named for the Cowden family who, from 1883 to 1915, ran the JAL Ranch (for which the southeastern town of Jal is named). The JAL was the open-range home to 40,000 head of cattle and a part of New Mexico history that included the likes of Oliver Loving, Charles Goodnight, skirmishes with Comanches, and tales of gutting out the pioneer life in dugouts and covered wagons. At its peak, the JAL occupied much of what is now Lea County, east and south into Texas.

The Plaza Restaurant originally operated the café before a 2010 fire caused its owners to refocus their efforts on rehabilitating that restaurant. Someone’s in the Kitchen catering took over operations until January of this year, when the owner chose to concentrate on the catering portion of his business.




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