Pig & Calf Lunch

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Pig & Calf Lunch
Pig and Calf Lunch, now The Pita Pit, Albuquerque NM.jpg
Pig & Calf Lunch, May 2010
Pig & Calf Lunch is located in New Mexico
Pig & Calf Lunch
Pig & Calf Lunch is located in the United States
Pig & Calf Lunch
Location2106 Central Ave. SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Coordinates35°04′51″N 106°37′21″W / 35.08083°N 106.62250°W / 35.08083; -106.62250Coordinates: 35°04′51″N 106°37′21″W / 35.08083°N 106.62250°W / 35.08083; -106.62250
NRHP reference #93001222[1]
NMSRCP #1566[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPFebruary 15, 1994
Designated NMSRCPSeptember 17, 1993

The Pig & Calf Lunch, also known as the Pig Stand Cafe, is a historic building in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is notable as a largely original example of mid-1930s commercial architecture.[3] The building was added to the New Mexico State Register of Cultural Properties[2] in 1993 and the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.[1]


The Pig & Calf Lunch was built by local restaurateur Charlie Ellis, replacing an earlier iteration of the same business dating to 1924. The new cafe opened on May 14, 1935 and remained in operation until the 1950s, profiting from the influx of travelers brought by the realignment of U.S. Route 66 along Central Avenue in 1937. Although the name Pig & Calf appears on the building, it mostly operated as the Pig Stand Cafe.[4] In later years the building housed the University Cafe and then a laundromat before being restored and reopening as a Pita Pit franchise in 2005.


The Pig & Calf Lunch is a one-story, flat-roofed building featuring elements of Streamline Moderne architecture. It is constructed of hollow clay tile faced inside and out with white ceramic tile, with contrasting horizontal bands of black tile along the base and roof line on the exterior of the building as well as above and below the windows. The front of the building is decorated with tile friezes depicting the titular animals on either side of the "Pig & Calf" name. The building has a continuous bank of windows under a full-width transom on the north (street) facade and ten separate windows on the west facade, which faces an off-street parking lot.[3]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b "Listed State and National Register Properties" (PDF). New Mexico Historic Preservation Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 25, 2015. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form". National Park Service. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "Pig and Calf Lunch". National Park Service. Retrieved June 15, 2015.