El Camino Crossing Launches Commercial Phase

Homewise Live/Work/Play Development in Santa Fe Including Two Restaurants and a Local Coworking Space Expansion


Escondido, a coastal Mexican food restaurant by award winning chef Fernando Ruiz. Escondido will feature healthy, fresh Mexican cuisine, margaritas, tequilas and mezcals. The 3,000 sq. ft restaurant will feature a patio and a rooftop deck. Vince Kadlubek, co-founder of Meow Wolf, is a partner in the project.

Tender Fire, a popular pizza pop-up in the El Rey Court, will be opening its first brick-and-mortar location. Tender Fire offers naturally leavened pizza dough with a focus on local, healthy ingredients as well as vegan and gluten-free options. The 3,000 sq. ft. Italian-style cafe will feature community lunch and full-service dinner.

Co-Fe, Santa Fe’s first coworking space, will open its second location at El Camino Crossing. Called Flywheel Collaborative, the 3,000 sq. ft space will feature exciting interior space as well as an exterior deck.

“Santa Fe has a legacy of walkable, bikeable neighborhoods on the east side. El Camino Crossing brings this way of living — where you can live, work, and play all without needing to get in a car — to the Siler Rufina neighborhood,” said Johanna Gilligan, Director of Community Development at Homewise. “In addition, our leases offer our commercial tenants first right of refusal to purchase their spaces — a potential game changer for local entrepreneurs.”

“Tender Fire was sparked by a lifetime of appreciating the way food brings people together, combined with a moment of sensing the need of our community to have a place to gather around eating. I have been blown away by the community we have created around our little outdoor oven and am so excited to grow into a bigger space that can hold our vision of gathering community in a beautiful way,” said Ben Crosky, owner of Tender Fire Kitchen. “If you’ve ever eaten with us, you know we pride ourselves on creating a place where tourists, farmers, service workers, food enthusiasts, dogs, children and everyone has a place at our table, so we couldn’t be more excited about being in the heart of it all at El Camino Crossing.”

El Camino Crossing features 40 single family homes, condominiums, and mixed-use live/work studios as well as commercial and mixed-use space. It is located on the historic Camino Real and offers walking and biking access to all parts of Santa Fe. The project architect on the commercial phase is Scout Architecture + Design.

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Homewise helps create successful homeowners and strengthen neighborhoods in New Mexico. We do this through our comprehensive real estate and lending services designed to support working families and individuals. We are a nonprofit lender, also known as a Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI).