Nearly 30 years after first opening    its doors, the Blue    Window Bistro    is now owned    and managed by    Melissa Paternoster.    Melissa bought it    in her senior year at    UNM one year ago    and has been busy    making innovations    to offer more to    the community    through events and    services.

Melissa graduated from Los Alamos High School and attended the    University of New Mexico where she studied business. She then focused    in on pursuing an Environmental Science degree with an emphasis on    Sustainability Studies. In her last semester, she heard that the restaurant    was for sale, and by June of 2010 she took ownership.

In her first year, Melissa has instigated several new events, including wine tastings    and jazz nights. A website was created, new staff trainings and    service standards have been instituted, and a Sunday brunch service and    off-site catering have been established. Additionally, the menu has been    expanded (and changes seasonally) to include new specials and new flavor    combinations in old favorites.

As for the future, Melissa has ambitions to continue to expand sustainable    practices, buy more food and service products locally, and to expand    partnerships with other local businesses.

“I care about how I run my business,” she says. “I work to keep my spending    in town and to change the attitude that you have to go off the hill for a nice    evening out.”


Hours: Lunch 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday – Friday    Dinner 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday,    5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday – Saturday    Sunday Brunch 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.