Adios, Adobe Inn

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After 32 years, owners of Mexican restaurant, motel ready to sell

  • Joyce and Terre Bucknam are retiring after owning the Adobe Inn for 32 years. Together, they built a restaurant that’s a local favorite, but said it’s time to close since their kitchen manager has decided to move on. The restaurant’s last day to serve food will be Sept. 30. Plaindealer photo by Erin McIntyre, contributed photo from the Bucknams
    Joyce and Terre Bucknam are retiring after owning the Adobe Inn for 32 years. Together, they built a restaurant that’s a local favorite, but said it’s time to close since their kitchen manager has decided to move on. The restaurant’s last day to serve food will be Sept. 30. Plaindealer photo by Erin McIntyre, contributed photo from the Bucknams
  • John Pizzarusso, kitchen manager for the Adobe Inn, pokes his head out the door to joke with owners Joyce and Terre Bucknam this week. Pizzarusso is moving to Florida and the Bucknams are selling the building and the business after operating it for 32 years. Plaindealer photo by Erin McIntyre
    John Pizzarusso, kitchen manager for the Adobe Inn, pokes his head out the door to joke with owners Joyce and Terre Bucknam this week. Pizzarusso is moving to Florida and the Bucknams are selling the building and the business after operating it for 32 years. Plaindealer photo by Erin McIntyre
  • Below, the couple stands outside the building when they first purchased it in 1987.
    Below, the couple stands outside the building when they first purchased it in 1987.
  Everyone knew about the pact. When Adobe Inn kitchen manager John Pizzarusso grew tired of coming in each afternoon to make the restaurant’s famous chips and salsa and tomal en elote — corn casserole — owners Joyce and Terre Bucknam would call it quits, too. It was a joke imbued with an unstated seriousness, something the kitchen and wait staff knew about. So when Pizzarusso dialed Joyce’s…

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