Restaurants prepare for Cinco de Mayo, Derby and Mother’s Day trifecta
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Cinco de Mayo is off to a great start for Isreal Landin and his hungry customers at Israel's Delicias de Mexico.
Most of them drove across the bridge from Louisville to escape the Derby crowds and enjoy authentic Mexican favorites.
"They like to order the typical fajitas, tacos burritos and the margaritas," said Landin.
He's seen business pick up in the last few days and said it has everything to do with Derby.
Hundreds of thousands of fans in town for the races are bound to build up a big appetite, and between Thurby, Oaks and Derby, the restaurant scene will be a horse of another different color.
"Our staff will certainly experience some level of fatigue," said T.J. Oakley, the general manager for Bristol Bar and Grille in downtown Louisville. "They're in here until 11:30, 12 o'clock or 1:30 in the morning. And then we'll have our staff here bright and early in the morning when we open our doors for brunch on Sunday."
Arguably the most important part of the jam-packed weekend, foodies at Mussel and Burger Bar said they won't forget about mom.
But for some, Mother's Day paired with Derby will make for a bittersweet time in Louisville.
"I spent two to three years taking care of mom. And before she died, she told me life is too short, live life. So I’m living life by coming down here to the Kentucky Derby," said Herwig Goetz.