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For over 75 years, La Posta de Mesilla has seen a number of wonderful people join our team. Many stayed for only a brief time, but still many more stayed for a number of years and touched every part of this restaurant in a number of special ways. It's impossible to mention everyone who has been a part of the La Posta “Familia” since 1939, but here we try to celebrate those exceptional members of our family who have withstood the test of time.

Francisca "Panchita" Flores


Panchita Flores was the head cook at La Posta from 1972 to 2006.

Born in Ft. Worth, TX in 1915 she spent much of her early years in Mexico. At La Posta, Panchita’s domain was a small quiet kitchen at the rear of the restaurant where she prepared food from century-old recipes handed down from the Chavez, Fountain and Griggs Family. Among her favorites (and our customers as well!) were her salsa and red chile.

With a staff of three, Panchita prepared enough food to accommodate 600 to 1000 customers a day.In spite of her age (91) and many years on the job, Panchita continued to put in a 5-day workweek until health issues caused her to retire. Her work ethic and reliability were second to none. She was simply a model employee and person. During her tenure, management sought Panchita’s advice and counsel on a variety of issues including menu changes, additions and facility modifications. Panchita’s work ethic and commitment was recognized in several publications over the years including issues of Gateway and Sabroso Magazines. It’s because of dedicated staff like Panchita Flores, that La Posta de Mesilla has gained worldwide notoriety as one of the finest Mexican Food Restaurants in the Southwest.


Everardo "Gilito" Lopez


Gilito was born a fraternal twin in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico in 1926. After Gilito’s mother passed, his older brother, Father Jose Gabriel Lopez, brought Gilito to Las Cruces where he began work for NMSU as a groundskeeper.

Not too long after, Father Lopez introduced Gilito to a good friend, Katy Griggs Camúñez, owner of the local and renowned, La Posta de Mesilla. Katy hired Gilito and for the next 25 years, he did “a little of everything” from general cleaning to working in the kitchen. But what he loved and was most famous for among his La Posta “familia” was tending to his piranha fish and tropical birds. They were his passion. Customers grew to know Gilito as the piranha and bird man. Gilito sang with Los Pastores from 1962-2005 and was a member for 43 years. Gilito also sang with Voz Vaqueros for many years.

Gilito was an avid Aggie basketball and baseball fan! His dedication and devotion to his work, La Posta, music, his family and his faith, is how we will always remember our dear friend. He had a “heart of gold” and was loved by all who knew him. Gilito will be greatly missed by his La Posta Family! Que Dios te bendiga!

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Elisa “Lecha” Carnero Gallegos


Elisa Carnero Gallegos, one of seven children, grew up in Chihuahua, Mexico and immigrated to the United States in 1964.

She has worked at La Posta de Mesilla for over 45 years! Elisa, more lovingly referred to as simply “Lecha”, began her career with La Posta on July 16, 1968. She joined the La Posta team by working on the kitchen “line” – providing our customers with a variety of delicious Mexican food plates prepared with the valley’s finest green and red chile! Lecha has been a very dedicated and versatile model employee and has performed a variety of duties including preparing desserts in the pantry; preparing our famous “rolled” tacos by the thousands; and general supervisory duties.  Lecha considers La Posta her second home and states she is happy when she is at work!  She is currently our reigning “martriarch” and is respected and loved by all at La Posta.  

Lecha has many fond memories of La Posta’s foundress, “Katy”.  About Katy, Lecha reminices, “Katy was happy all the time.  Katy made people laugh.  Katy was positive, and caring but boy did she have a sailor’s mouth!”  Lecha, was also a caregiver to Katy during her last days—a time she cherishes and remembers well.


Manual "Rucho" Chavez


Rucho Chavez was born on August 17th, 1924 in Chihuahua, Mexico. In 1955 he and his wife, Celia, received their naturalization to the United States of America. While in the United States, he worked construction, building houses in the area, then moving on to employment with Stahmanns' Farms. He began his journey with La Posta de Mesilla in the late 1950's.

Katy Griggs Camunez, the owner of La Posta, adored Rucho and his family and quickly found him a place at La Posta. He started out mopping the restaurant floors every morning along with washing dishes. Other jobs included feeding the birds, running errands, cleaning red chile and making our beautiful red chile ristras.

After 55 years with La Posta, Rucho retired in the summer of 2013. “Rucho” will always have a special place here as the kind and sweet man that we all adore!


Juanita Nieto


Juanita was born March 27, 1924 and worked at La Posta de Mesilla for decades. She was a devoted and beloved member of our family whose pleasant and caring demeanor touched everyone she worked with. Her beautiful smile could be found on any given day greeting her customers as she prepared her delicous empanadas and desserts! Her family said that her life centered around two things, her job and her family.

Juanita passed in January of 2004 but her legacy here lives on. She was happiest, we are told, when she was tending her plants, spending time with her family, and when she was working at La Posta.

We were so fortunate to have had her beauty and culinary creativity at work here at La Posta for so long and she will be dearly missed. Vaya Con Dios, Juanita!