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The Crashdown Cafe is a restaurant in all incarnations of the Roswell series. It is owned by Liz's family, and they live above the restaurant on the second story. It is the location where Liz is shot and Max Evans heals her.

General overview

Roswell High books

The Crashdown Cafe is owned by Liz Ortecho's father. The first novel opens at the cafe where Liz works with Maria DeLuca. Max Evans and Michael Guerin visit when Liz is shot by a patron, and Max heals Liz in front of Maria despite Michael asking him not to do so. Max asks Liz to cover up the healing, and she does so.

When the door opens, it plays the theme from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.[1][2] The waitstaff uniforms are initially "seventies Star Trek rip-offs,"[3] and they later change to be Men In Black knock-offs. The booths/tables are shaped like flying saucers.[4][5]

Menu items include:

  • Sigourney Weaver, a burger with avocado and sprouts[6]
  • Will Smith, a burger with jalapeño peppers and cheese[6]
  • Mother Ship Burger[7]

Employees:

  • Mr. and Mrs. Ortecho, owners, and Mrs. Ortecho bakes cakes
  • Liz Ortecho, waitress
  • Maria DeLuca, waitress
  • Stan, a cook[7][8]

Roswell 1999 TV series

Main article: Crashdown Cafe/1999

The Crashdown Cafe is owned by Liz Parker's father, Jeff Parker. Liz works at the restaurant with her friend Maria DeLuca.

Roswell, New Mexico 2019 TV series

Main article: Crashdown Cafe/2019

The Crashdown Cafe is owned by Liz Ortecho's father, Arturo Ortecho. Liz and her sister, Rosa, worked there as teenagers. When Liz returns to Roswell after ten years, she continues to help with some shifts.

References

  1. Book 1, The Outsider, chapter 1: "The opening notes of the Close Encounters theme played as the cafe door swung open."
  2. Book 5, The Intruder, chapter 3: "The opening bars of the Close Encounters theme interrupted her. She glanced toward the door to see who was coming in."
  3. Book 1, The Outsider, chapter : "It’s our uniforms. The seventies Star Trek rip-offs we wear have a certain kind of cool retro thing going, but Maria and I would really like to move into the future."
  4. Book 1, The Outsider, chapter 1: "Liz and Maria each covered six of the cafe’s flying-saucer-shaped booths."
  5. Book 3 The Intruder, chapter 3: "There were only a few customers at the flying-saucer-shaped tables, and no one seemed to be paying any attention to her and Liz."
  6. 6.0 6.1 Book 1, The Outsider, chapter 1: “One Sigourney Weaver and one Will Smith.” Liz Ortecho slid two thick burgers onto the table — one with avocado and sprouts, one with jalapeño peppers and cheese.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Book 3 The Intruder, chapter 3: "They don't want cheese on that Mother Ship Burger," she called to Stan, the cook.
  8. Book 3 The Intruder, chapter 3: "Order up," Stan called from the kitchen.
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