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Tasty Freeze Drive-In; El Speedy Burrito
1957–1962. 910 4th St. SW.
  • (Photograph by Regina N. Emmer)

What began as the Tasty Freeze Drive-In demonstrates the continued importance to Barelas of car-oriented commercial architecture, even as Route 85 along Fourth Street was being bypassed by the construction of new interstate highways. Although the number of tourists passing through Barelas was declining substantially by the late 1950s, Fourth Street remained a busy thoroughfare for both the local community and Albuquerque residents. The drive-in restaurant is a simple box building distinguished by the cantilevered steel awnings over the walk-up window and an area for parking along the south side. It now houses Juanita’s Comida Mexicana.


Wilson, Chris, “Barelas-South Fourth Street Historic District,” Bernalillo County, New Mexico. National Register of Historic Places Inventory–Nomination Form, 1996. National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.


Writing Credits

Regina N. Emmer
Christopher C. Mead
Regina N. Emmer



  • 1957


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Regina N. Emmer, "Juanita’s", [Albuquerque, New Mexico], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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