Tiny's History

The Family

 

"Tiny’s Dine and Dance" was started in 1950 by Walter "Tiny" Moore and his son-in-law, Jimmie Palermo.
Tiny operated the bar while his wife Lucille ran the kitchen. Jimmy’s wife Betty (Tiny’s daughter)was the hostess. Jimmie had a trio for dancing entertainment. Jimmie played the accordion while Virgil Maez sang and played the piano and Nacho played the drums It was a beautiful operation . Tiny’s was the place to be seen to eat and dance.

In 1956 we went into the uranium business, went broke and lost the nightclub. Later we purchased a small bar downtown across the street from the Bus Depot on Water Street and called it TINY’S.

In 1959 Jimmie and Betty purchased Tiny’s from Tiny Moore and moved down the street and became quite a successful team. Betty became an accomplished bartender becoming well known for her "Brandy Alexander’s". As in most successful businesses, there’s lots of long hours required to make the business run and Betty saw to it that our business was operated to her specs: neat, clean, courteous and friendly. Betty was the backbone of Tiny’s.

In 1971 Urban Renewal came to Santa Fe and Tiny’s was forced to move from downtown to our present location. Tiny Moore and Jimmie have since passed away, while Betty and Lucille have retired.

Today, J.R. and his wife, Pamela, carry the torch of tradition by operating the restaurant and lounge. Keeping the tradition alive for the fourth generation-Jamie, Eugene (Geno) and Crista May, Pamela and J.R. enter the next millennium adding their own legacy in the hospitality industry in Santa Fe.

The Bar and Dining area feature one of the Southwest’s largest decanter collections. Name brands include Wild Turkey, Jim Beam, Ski Country, Lionstone, and Ezra Brooks, all done in fine china, as well as many works of art done by "locals" Gib Singleton, Ramon Rice, Barry Coffin, Clark Hulings, Earl Biss, Frank Howell, Tommy Manscione, Ernesto Zepeda, Jerry Georgeff, R.C. Gorman, John Fincher, Peter de LaFuente AND Jimmie Palermo.

Tiny's Restaurant and Lounge -- Serving Fine Food since 1950
Tiny's is in the Crossroads Center On The Southeast Corner
of St. Francis Dr. & Cerrillos Rd.
1005 St. Francis Dr. Suite 117      Santa Fe, NM         (505) 983-1100
About a mile from the plaza .

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