The legendary Tortería Armando de Donceles closes

The 130-year-old chain will close its branch in central Mexico City.

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The legendary Tortería Armando de Donceles closes
The legendary Tortería Armando de Donceles closes

Don Armando Martínez Centurión founded a restaurant in 1892 that, according to legend, invented the famous Mexican cake. However, due to the hygienic restrictions caused by COVID-19 in Mexico City, the legendary Tortería Armando announced that it will close its branch on Donceles Street.

The branch in the historic center was in operation for four years, but will be closed because the rent for the premises can no longer be paid. It is one of the thousands of places affected by COVID-19 like the legendary La Pagoda cafe.

With the closure of Tortería Armando Donceles, only its branches remain in the districts of Valle and Cuauhtémoc.

We are in the middle of the second restaurant industry shutdown in a health emergency as activities ceased for the first time in April 2020 and lasted 107 days. This second closure took place precisely during one of the most important sales seasons for the hospitality industry, as people usually meet in December to say goodbye to the year.

These interruptions in activity have resulted in more than 13,500 restaurants permanently closing their doors since the pandemic began. In fact, Canirac figures show that eight out of ten restaurants in the city might not reopen if the ceasefire were extended further.

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