Cinco de Mayo leads to busiest day of year for local Mexican restaurants
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The grill is busy, the chips and salsa are ready to go, and the Cinco de Mayo rush is on.
“This is my Christmas,” said Ramiro Gandara, owner of Ramiro's Cantina.
It's the busiest day of the year at Ramiro's Cantina, which is located on Frankfort Avenue.
“We have hired extra personnel. I have servers, bus boys, management,” said Gandara.
The day brings in plenty of customers, like James Bentley.
“We decided to start off instead of getting glasses, we decided to get pitchers. Probably more economical,” said Bentley.
Bentley and his friends are making the Cinco de Mayo celebration a tradition. “It's going to be yes. It needs to be. I think you should participate. How about we get you a glass,” Bentley said.
With a beer tent at the back, extra tables, and a food truck on hand, 1,000 people are expected at Ramiro's.
“Last year we got so busy we had to literally close the kitchen at 10:00 at night,” said Gandara.
Across the street from Ramiro's Cantina is El Mundo, where hundreds of customers will be served.
“This is our busiest day of the year, every single year,” said Bea Chamberlain, owner of El Mundo.
Chamberlain says all hands are on deck for the popular celebration.
“We started preparing last week. Our walk-in is packed full. All of our bars are stocked full, more than what we normally have,” said Chamberlain.
The Cinco de Mayo celebration dates back to 1862. “The Cinco de Mayo is about a battle in Pueblo, Mexico. A very small battle, but the Mexicans won,” Chamberlain explained.
It's a tradition that continues to grow in the U.S., with customers celebrating with a side of chips and salsa and margaritas.
“We try to leave a little bit ourselves, so we can kind of blend in like we just got here ourselves, knowing that we've been here for a while,” said Bentley.
Both Ramiro's Cantina and El Mundo usually close at 10:00 on a Tuesday night, but both have plans to stay open later, if needed, for the Cinco de Mayo crowds.
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