After the shootings that took place at two chain restaurants in Cancun, and Playa del Carmen restaurant owners have been in meetings with local authorities to try and address the situation. Multiple potential solutions have been discussed between local business leaders and police to try and come up with a strategy to prevent these types of incidents from occurring again. The restaurant owners are in quite the hurry to try and come up with a strategy to guarantee the safety of their clients with Mother’s Day right around the corner. That particular day marks the single best day of the year for many restaurants in the region across the board.
Restaurant Owners Don’t Expect A Police Car In Every Corner
Marcy Bazaleel Pacheco, president of the national chamber of restaurants in the Cancun chapter, spoke to the media after meeting with local authorities. She acknowledged that local police were willing to cooperate with restaurant owners to resolve this manner. Proof of that is the fact she was able to get in meetings with local law enforcement mere hours after the incidents at Tortas Goyo. Bazaleel Pacheco admitted that it perhaps wouldn’t be realistic to expect a police car to be parked on every corner. That means that authorities and local restaurant owners would have to come up with a tangible solution.
Part of that solution involved help from locals and tourists. Bazaleel Pacheco, and local police want to have locals, and tourists make more distress calls to 911. Essentially the request that is being put out there is meant to encourage regular folks to report any suspicious activity to the police. Bazaleel Pacheco mentioned.
“We are always worried, we understand that we can’t have a police car on every corner. We want to make sure though that people get in the habit of calling in reports”
Other Restaurant Owners Are Taking Security Matters Into Their Own Hands
The restaurants in the Cancun downtown region have decided to take matters into their own hands when it comes to security. Several spots in the region have been robbed recently. This prompted several business owners to hire the services of private security companies to ensure the safety of their customers and staff. It’s unclear at this point whether other restaurants throughout the Riviera Maya will look to follow that example.
Restaurants Are Betting Heavy On Their Mothers’ Day Sale
It’s certainly never a good time for any type of business to have to deal with security issues. Arguably though, Cancun restaurants are dealing with a major issue at the worst possible time. At the beginning of the week many of the main restaurants in the region were reportedly even over-booked in some cases for the upcoming Mother’s Day celebration. Mother’s Day in Mexico is celebrated on May 10th regardless of whether the date falls on a weekday as will be the case this year.
As previously mentioned the date is the best day of the year for many establishments. Hence the rush to work together with authorities to ensure that people who are going out to eat will remain safe. Going back to the overbooked issue, what restaurants tend to do is have limited wait times for reservations. If you were able to make a reservation for the day, but you arrive 10 minutes late there’s a chance that your table will be given away. On the upcoming festivities Bazaleel Pacheco mentioned,
“It’s a very satisfactory day for the restaurant business. From Chetumal all the way to Holbox, restaurants are preparing themselves with promos, buffets, live music and gifts for customers. We are well aware of how much the state aims to generate on that day, and we’re on the right track.”
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