A local Mexican restaurant is gearing up for the ‘busiest day of the year’


BEAVER, W.Va. (WVVA) — Mexican restaurants and canteens are gearing up for their “busiest day of the year,” Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo, which translates to “5th of May”, is the annual celebration of Mexico’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The holiday is known for inspiring colorful outfits, Mariachi outfits and dances. dances, but perhaps the biggest draw is the food.

José Rizo, owner of El Mariachi in Beaver, says they’re excited to kick off this year’s festivities and show the community what they’ve spent weeks preparing.

“It’s always, of course, our busiest day of the year,” he explained. “Yeah, that’s something we take great pride in trying to create new ways to entertain people and have a good time.”

Rizo says he and his staff expect to serve 600 people on Thursday alone. The restaurant will be hosting Cinco de Mayo activities all day, but the real party will start at 4 p.m. There will be food trucks and beer outside for those waiting to enter, as well as live music for those dining inside to enjoy. The restaurant will also sell commemorative t-shirts and glasses.

WVVA has contacted various Mexican restaurants in the Raleigh County area, all of which are bracing for increased traffic over the weekend.

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