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Pappas Sweet Shop
1201 S 2nd St Raton, NM 87740

Dimetrios Papadomanokalis, born on the isle of Crete, made his way through Ellis Island in 1912 with a 20-dollar gold piece and high hopes for becoming a part of this land. He changed his name to Jim Pappas. A friend told him there was good money to be made in the coal mines of northern New Mexico, so he headed West. With money he saved from that work, he bought goats and began to produce goat cheese. It was the Prohibition era and there's some speculation that Jim made a little extra money on moonshine. Eventually he acquired a local candy store, and it grew to include ice cream and a full restaurant. Jim Pappas ran the business with great success until his son Mike took over in 1958. Mike still operates the restaurant with the help of newer generations of the family. Hundreds of collectibles are on display, many related to the original manufacture of candy and ice cream at the Sweet Shop. Sandwiches, soups, and salads served at lunch, with choice Angus steaks and seafood on the dinner menu. Homemade bread too. Lunch and dinner.