El Sombrero Patio Cafe was established by Ofelia Carrillo in 1956.  The original cafe was located at 425 N. Church St. which is adjacent to the Las Cruces Post Office.  Mrs. Carrillo and her husband, Sammy Carrillo, also owned and ran Carrillo’s Plumbing and Heating, which was located where the Las Cruces Post Office is now.  She continued both businesses while raising 2 children.


Mrs. Carrillo pioneered 40 years in the restaurant business with her daughter, Patricia (Pat) Crawley at her side.  They both saw and experienced the many changes in the restaurant business and have prospered with the ever changing future of the food industry.


El Sombrero Patio Cafe – Today

Pat continued the business after her mother retired in 1989, and has continued the El Sombrero tradition with her mother as her mentor.  Mrs. Carrillo loved and had such a great passion for her cafe.  Her recipes and the same great flavors remain unchanged to this day.  Pat’s desire is to flourish while keeping her mother’s dream alive.


Pat welcomes new and old patrons to visit the El Sombrero Patio Cafe that has remained true with time in the last 6 decades.  Thank you from the Carrillo family… BIENVENIDOS!

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El Sombrero Patio Cafe

363 South Espina Street

Las Cruces, NM 88001




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