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Local restaurant adapts to takeout Cinco de Mayo celebrations

Posted at 9:30 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 23:42:16-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — For most Mexican restaurants, Cinco de Mayo is the busiest day of the year, but many restaurants in Nashville, which are operating under a "Safer-at-Home" order, are hoping to simply stay open.

But the Rosepepper Cantina in East Nashville didn't let that stop them. The restaurant developed a takeout system for what they called "Cinco de Quarantino" to handle the influx of orders.

The owner said she wanted to keep everyone apart and safe while still handling the high demand.

"We set up three stations here. A master line over here with a line director and a line monitor to make sure everyone stays proper distance apart. And then we've also got a phone order line on one side and we've got the online orders in the back to separate out any potential for crowds," said Andrea Chaires.

Chaires said they stripped about 90 percent of the menu and focused on the favorites and whatever they could make quickly as well as margaritas of course.

By the end of the evening, the restaurant had sold out of everything and is having to close for lunch tomorrow so it can regroup.