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Do you know who first opened the original Bobcat Bite Restaurant out on the old last Vagas highway? And how long did she run it?

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Rene Clayton was the mother of mitzi . And as for your expert Santa fe new Mexican. Shelba Surls rented the building and opened the restaurant and the handed it down to my mother Judy Amos who then ran it from April of 1980 from over 20 years until she was diagnosed with alzhiemer. I grew up going to that restaurant from being a little girl. Mitzi is dead and today to my knowledge Rene Clayton's only Grandson is owner the property and the reason the place in Santa fe is not called the Bobcat bite is because My mother did not and could not sell the name as the is the name of the Ranch that as the restaurant sits on and all that hogwash about three boys and Stuff is a fantasy. SHELBA SURLS WAS BORN SHELBA VIOLA MCCOY. From the original Hatfield and McCoy's. And the special blend of hand ground meat is bull. For years she's meat came frome Arts meat market in Tesaque NM. Until they closed due,to the lose of their son. Shelba and Don are the people who made that little restaurants a landmark tourist attractions and built a local following. They then opened a new place that is no longer there on rodeo road called the Hoof -n-Heels. Until My granddad Don died from a massive heart attack. Check yourself.

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Sorry, don't know the answer to that.

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I do

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I'm sorry I don't know...

over a year ago
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This excerpt is from The Santa Fe New Mexican several years ago:

Bonnie Eckre, 55, began working at the Bobcat Bite as a waitress 24 years ago. The business was opened by Mitzi Panzer and has been operated as a mom-and-pop by several others since. Eckre said she raised three of her sons there, including her youngest, James Eckre, whom she recalls being cradled in a meat box in the kitchen when he was an infant.

She and her husband — a contractor turned short-order cook — took over operation of the restaurant 12 years ago with the understanding, Bonnie Eckre said, that they were the new owners. They invested in the business as if they were the owners and worked to build a loyal customer base, partially by deciding to use only hand-ground beef raised in Southern New Mexico.

But according to the Eckres, it became apparent during recent lease negotiations with the Panzer family “that the Panzers and the Eckres were operating from two very different positions.”

During that negotiation, they said, Panzer family representative Mark Panzer informed the Eckres that they didn’t own the Bobcat Bite restaurant business, which the couple said “came as news” to them.

According to the Eckres, they’ve been listed as the owners of the business on business licenses, tax documents and bank accounts for the past decade, and they have been identified as such in numerous news media reports.

Phone messages left at a number listed for Mitzi Panzer weren’t returned Thursday.

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