ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Only around 60 percent of New Mexico’s small businesses pre-pandemic are still open. Those that did survive, said it has been upsetting to see so many businesses go under. The numbers from a new economic recovery dashboard that the tourism department is tracking show just how grim it’s been for local businesses during the pandemic.
Happy Accidents is one of the brave locally-owned businesses that decided to open in the middle of a pandemic. “We were scared,” owner Kate Gerwin said. “It was pushed back a few times. We pushed our budget as far as we could go.”
The bar is located in Nob Hill where Matanza used to be. Gerwin said they opened in April and saw a huge demand right away. “We got hit,” Gerwin said. “People have been so excited to come out. We specialize in craft cocktails, and we weren’t sure how