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Josefina’s Old Gate, in the heart of Mesilla, New Mexico



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To Josefina’s Old Gate

The quaint adobe house known simply as “Josefina’s” has long been a symbol of warmth and welcome in the Historic Mesilla Plaza.  With a foundation dating back to the early 1900’s and acquired by the Biel family in the 1940’s, for three generations this home has served as a place to gather, socialize and celebrate.  This tradition lives on as “Josefina’s” opens it’s doors to the community and visitors of Mesilla.

“Josefina’s Old Gate” is aptly named for the dynamic and outgoing woman who lived here for nearly 35 years.  As a prominent member of the community, Josefina Gamboa Biel opened her home and her heart to her family, her friends and to countless tourists and visitors.  In this home, Josefina began the now long standing and time honored tradition of Christmas luminaries in the plaza.  At one time she even operated a business known as “The Old Quaint Shop” where she sold religious items, curios, and clocks.  Josefina’s spirit lives on through her daughter, Kathleen and her husband Bob, who have once again turned this small building into a place of welcome.

Once the site of holiday open houses and afternoon get-togethers, the home now invites all to relax, spend time with friends and family, and enjoy the plaza in an intimate and comfortable setting.  Guests may enjoy a good cup of coffee, light meal or a glass of wine either in the finely restored parlor or on the peaceful and sunny patio.  Visitors may also take time to admire the gate in front of the house dating back to the 1930’s.  “Josefina’s Gate” has long been the subject of many artists and photographers and is a must see in Old Mesilla.

The charm and history of this historic adobe home make it the perfect location for any celebration, occasion, or gathering.

What visitors are saying

  • This is our favorite spot in Las Cruces/Mesilla! Wonderful fresh food, beautiful patio with a lovely atmosphere, and great staff. Service is quick but you always feel welcome to linger - and you want to! Such a relaxing spot and they have live music on the weekends. I recommend the squash quesadilla - I get it every time

    Brook Brown
  • Great food in a relaxing outdoor ambience. Best red chile burrito in town. Just spicy enough. Turkey croissant with tasty salad with fruits, fresh greens, sesame was excellent also. Good friendly service. Great location in old Mesilla. Well worth it. Will be back for sure. Breakfast and lunch only except weekends.

    Frank Gutierrez

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