Despite a recent setback, Marie’s Italian Grill opens its doors

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DEMING — Restaurants have been hit hard during the global pandemic. The past two years have put a strain on the city’s restaurants, forcing many owners to temporarily close their doors, reduce work staff and change the way they operate.

Marie’s Italian Grill has withstood the coronavirus pandemic and its variants, but now a new challenge has surfaced. In the early morning hours of Sunday, April 17, all glass windows facing East Pine Street and South Silver Avenue were smashed at the restaurant. The restaurant is around the corner from the historic business district and is housed in the historic Deming National Bank building which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was constructed in 1902 and was considered the hub of Deming’s financial district at the time.

“Deming’s restaurants have been through a lot,” said owner Marie Bennett. “…Now this…We’ve been through a pandemic, and that won’t stop us.”

Deming police are investigating the matter and noted that MC Salon on the same block of South Silver Avenue also had a broken window. Investigators recovered a piece of wood from Marie’s dining room that could have been used to cause the damage.

Marie's Italian Grill, at the corner of Pine St. and Silver Ave., has been in business for the past two decades.

“It took us a few days to clean the glass, but we stayed open during normal office hours,” Marie told the Headlight.

The Bennetts estimate the damage at more than $5,000.

“Our customers have been so supportive throughout the pandemic, and now this,” Marie said. “Some came to tell me how sorry they were for what happened and told me how much they loved dining here. A couple traveling on I-10 came from out of town , wondering what happened. They said they always make it a point to stop in Deming for Italian food at Marie’s.”

Police said they have no suspects at this time and the investigation will continue. Any information on who may be responsible for this criminal property damage can call the Deming Police Department at 575-546-3011.

“Our employees have been so understanding and continue to support us through these difficult times,” Marie said. “It is thanks to them that we are open for indoor dining and we will continue to make deliveries and prepare our take-out meals,” said Marie. “That won’t stop us from falling.”

Bill Armendariz can be reached at 575-546-2611 (leave a message) or [email protected]

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