Hatch, New Mexico: Teako's Giants of Hatch

Cluster of big roadside fiberglass statues surround a downtown eatery. Uncle Sam, an A&W Burger Family, an ice cream guy. Say hi to Teako if he's working the grill.

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T-Rex statue.


A T-Rex is part of the largest giant statue collection in New Mexico.

[Josie Nunn, 04/13/2013]


Teako's Land of the Giants

Drunken idiots may have been the attackers who knocked an eight-foot-tall rooster off of its rooftop perch outside of Sparky's BBQ in Hatch. The rooster, also named Sparky, had stood for about a year atop a GMC Suburban that was parked across the street from the restaurant, and was actually one of the smaller members of owner Teako Nunn's fiberglass menagerie.

It was found on the ground the one morning (along with empty beer bottles), snapped off at the ankles, its red comb cracked. The Nunns, Teako and Josie, attribute the damage to alcohol-fueled stupidity, not an anti-Sparky's (or rooster) hate crime, and vowed to repair Sparky and the Suburban in time for Hatch's Labor Day weekend Chile Festival Parade.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 07/24/2011]

Uncle Sam with green chili pepper.

Uncle Sam's Pepper

The Uncle Sam statue outside of Sparky's Burgers now holds a giant green chili pepper, one of the specialties of Sparky's menu and New Mexico's official state vegetable.

Teako Nunn, owner of Sparky's, had the pepper custom-built by Mark Cline, the fiberglass virtuoso who created Dinosaur Kingdom and Foamhenge. The pepper is another in a long list of surprises sprung by Teako on his home town.

Teako said that local farmers shook his hand when they saw the pepper rise into place.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 01/29/2011]

Uncle Sam and Christmas Tree.

Uncle Sam

From December 2009 - spotted an Uncle Sam holding a Christmas Tree.

[Josie Nunn, 01/09/2010]

Burger Mom and Dad.

Sparky's World Famous - Uncle Sam, Pig, Chicken, Root Beer Family

On our way to Deming, NM, we took exit 41 off 25 South, and the first sign that something unusual was coming was the sign that proclaimed Hatch the "Chile Capital of the World." In just minutes we spotted the large hot dog (about 7 feet from nose to tail) advertising Sparky's Burgers, Barbecue & Espresso. (The hot dog was in the lot of Franciscan RV, which also held a Muffler Man with a cowboy hat holding an RV...and a car from Toon Town. I love these people!)

Sparky's was just up the road, and it's a Roadside America fan's dream! Across the street in the parking lot are a giant pink pig and a big chicken, and just before you get to the restaurant is a humongous statue of Uncle Sam. At the restaurant itself there's a metal robot (Sparky) and on the roof are the A&W Root Beer mom and dad.

Uncle Sam.

Sitting on a bench in front is an original Colonal Sanders, photo-op ready. Sparky's is perhaps the world's only Burger, Barbecue and Espresso joint. They rival any fancy coffee chain in their imaginative selection of hi-octane drinks.

The decor inside is equally funky, including a giant moose head in the dining room, and vintage chinese checker boards, along with lots of old signs. We were in a hurry, so we had to get our order to go, but the burgers we got were to die for. So good that we stopped in again on our return from Deming.

[Judy Pancoast, 07/24/2009]

Teako's Giants of Hatch

Sparky's Burgers, Barbecue, and Espresso

115 Franklin St., Hatch, NM
Sparky's Burgers, Barbecue, and Espresso. I-25 exit 41, then drive one mile south on Hwy 26/Franklin St. On the right.
Su, M, Th, F 10:30 am - 7 pm, Sa 10:30 am - 7:30 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
RA Rates:
Major Fun
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Nearby Offbeat Places

Big Pink PigBig Pink Pig, Hatch, NM - < 1 mi.
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In the region:
Pat Garrett Murder Site Sign, Las Cruces, NM - 32 mi.

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