Local restaurants prepared for Cinco De Mayo’s large crowds

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Cinco de Mayo is often thought to be Mexico’s Independence Day, which is September 16th. Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico’s Victory in the battle of Puebla in 1862.

“We usually start two weeks ahead of time. Ordering shirts, making sure we have all the cups, lining up all your employees. Usually, you have to bring in some extra employees to make sure you know about good service,” said Carolyn Rodriguez, manager of Poblanos Martinez.

Cinco de Mayo is a busy day for local restaurants, and they’ve been getting ready for several weeks.

“It usually takes a good, you know, three weeks to a month preparation to, you know, get the live music booked, the liquor orders together, deciding what specials to run. All the garb, the shirts, the decorations,” said Bob Clark, general manager at Cantina Locale.

The event brings in a big crowd for the restaurants.

“St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco De Mayo are two of our biggest events. So both of those every year are very good days for us,” said Clark.

The celebration ends up making it one of the business’s busiest days of the year.

“Each Year, it varies, but you definitely know it is one of our best days. Everybody this year was saying oh good, Cinco De Mayo is going to be on Saturday, and it’s like, wait a minute, leap year. It’s going to be on Sunday this year. It might be a little bit slower since it is Sunday, but then again, you never know,” said Rodriguez.

Even local Breweries make special brews for the celebration.

“We are putting out a special small batch, a gosa beer, which is inspired kind of by a margarita. Villa Wagen is outside there doing like a special Mexican-inspired, German street food,” said Taylor Reynolds, marketing director for Savannah River Brewing Co.

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