With new businesses sprouting up around the East Mountains and Estancia Valley, and with others moving or expanding, The Independent is starting a business feature to keep the community up to date.

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Ale Republic Brewery is a microbrewery in Cedar Crest. Zachary Gould and Patrick Johnson officially opened in September 2016.

Their hours of operation are 2 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They serve food in addition to beer and house-made sodas.

Currently, offerings include hot and cold sandwiches, burgers, quesadillas, nachos, soup, salad, a hummus veggie plate and guacamole and salsa. Gould said that they are “constantly tweaking things but all the food is scratch made and they are working on building a pizza oven.”

New hours are coming soon to the Ale as well as plans to partner with a local farm and provide more seasonal menu options. They have growlers for sale but they will also fill any growler brought in even if it is from a different brewery.

The price range of the menu is $4 to $10. They can be found on Facebook and Instagram, as well as at alerepublic.com. The business is located at 28 Arroyo Seco Road in Cedar Crest, and can be reached at 505-281-2828.

Polo’s Mexican Grill is a new restaurant in Moriarty. Apolinar Rodriguez officially opened on June 4. Their hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Polo’s serves traditional Mexican food, which includes things like tortas, tacos, gorditas, enchiladas and flautas. They also offer weekly specials like Taco Tuesdays. Their specialty menu item is their Chicharrón Plate, which is green chile and onions cooked together with chicharrónes.

They offer delivery services within the city of Moriarty, going as far as Echo Ridge and the Parkwood area. The price range of the menu is $5.99-$12.95. They can be found online at polos-mexican-grill-restaurant.buiness.site and they have a Facebook page coming soon. The restaurant is located at 101 Route 66 Moriarty and can be reached at 505-832-5073.

I Fly! LLC is a grocery delivery and errand-running service for the East Mountains. Carrie Monty opened her business on Aug. 1.

Their hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Some of the services offered are grocery shopping, running to Albuquerque, Costco, the library, Mail & Copy, and the post office. The business is locally owned and operated.

Monty offers free in-home consultations to elderly, handicapped or any other East Mountain resident that needs this type of help. The consultations are a short meeting in the homes of prospective clients to determine the needs of the clients and as a trust building opportunity.

Monty offers services that are more one-on-one with the goal of helping those that are not internet savvy or capable of writing get in touch with someone who can help them get what they need without a computer or cell phone. People can call 505-417-7919 or email her at iflyyoubuy2018@gmail.com—or find her online at IFlyYouBuy2018.com.

Prices start at $25 for the first 10 miles of driving and then after that $5 per five miles.

Coming soon to Moriarty: Lava Rock Taproom and Moriarty Joe’s. The Independent will include these two new businesses in this feature as we approach their grand opening dates.