The owners of this iconic facility were forced to cease operations due to the COVID-19 crisis. According to them, the measure could lead to permanent closure.
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This story originally appeared on Unknown Mexico
By Rodrigo Osegueda
He Cafe La Pagoda, one of the oldest in Mexico City, announced its indefinite closure this morning. According to the news spread on the restaurant’s social networks, the decision was made due to the serious health situation in the Mexican capital as well as the closure of the pedestrian crossings that lead customers to the locals. The company also emphasized that they are mainly trying to protect their employees.
Unfortunately, Café La Pagoda has also indicated that this is possible Measure ultimately leads to the permanent closure of the legendary restaurant. Since it is impossible to define a new reopening date, it could be extended forever.
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The pagoda was born as a branch of the popular café that gradually took on its own personality. Its service is famous for those who like the nightlife as it closes late into the night. Some of the most popular dishes include enchiladas, eggs to taste, dried meat, frosted glass of coffee, and cookies. It has about 90 years of history.
Cafe La Pagoda: open or die
The news was received with sadness by users of social networks. The announcement takes place in the context of protest #OpenOpen, in which various sectors of the restaurant union have called for disregarding the hygiene regulations in order to allow restaurant owners and employees economic relief.
According to the organizers, around 13,500 restaurants in the metropolitan area of the Valley of Mexico have been closed since the beginning of the pandemic. In an initiative via change.org, the organizers of the protest condemn:
“We have not received any assistance. While there have been extensions around the world for paying taxes and services, assistance in negotiating with suppliers, and even unemployment benefits, there is nothing here. In the case of Mexico City, some workers in this sector are receiving assistance in amounts of 2,200 pesos. While we welcome this move, the best way to help them is to ensure the conditions under which they can keep their jobs in open restaurants. “