Restaurants across Mid-Michigan prepare for Cinco de Mayo festivities

Restaurants are expecting big crowds since this is the first Cinco de Mayo without COVID-19 restrictions.
This is the first Cinco de Mayo without COVID-19 restrictions.
Published: May. 5, 2022 at 9:48 AM EDT
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Thursday is Cinco de Mayo, the holiday which celebrates Mexico’s victory over the French empire in 1862.

Many people outside of Mexico mistakenly think that Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexico’s independence. However, the country declared its independence more than 50 years before the Battle of Puebla.

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This year, restaurants are expecting big crowds since this is the first Cinco de Mayo without COVID-19 restrictions.

Employees at El Azteco in East Lansing are familiar with the holiday rush. General manager Johnny Vlahakis says his staff is prepared to feed the onslaught of celebratory customers.

“It’s a fun place to be for Cinco de Mayo, obviously. A Mexican restaurant in downtown East Lansing with a rooftop patio,” Vlahakis said. “We’ve got catering orders, we’ve got pick-ups, deliveries, people calling all week wanting reservations or asking when we’re open, so, we’re expecting a good turnout.”

Vlahakis tells us Cinco de Mayo is the restaurant’s busiest day of the year and he is hoping for good weather that will bring plenty of people out.

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