Mexico restaurant closes amid food shortages
The Mexican restaurant Fort Wayne, which has operated in the Mexican capital, has shut down, its owner told The Times.
The restaurant, located in a high-rise apartment building in Mexico City, said it will be closed on Thursday due to the scarcity of food, including beef and chicken.
It said it expects to open a second location in Mexico on Sunday, according to the newspaper.
“We have reached the limit of our capacity,” the owner said.
The Fort Wayne restaurant, known for its seafood, has been serving Mexican food since the late 1800s, said the restaurant’s owner, Maria Torres, in an interview with the newspaper’s sister paper, El Universal.
“They’ve been providing us with delicious food, but we had to shut down because of the scarcity,” she said.
“We’ve been able to make some good sales, but they have been unable to do so for the past three months.”
The restaurant had been serving the capital’s most popular dishes such as tacos, hamburgers and chicken enchiladas, but now the food is hard to come by, said Torres.
The situation has prompted Mexico’s president to call on Mexico to “get back to basics” and boost food imports, according a report in The New York Times.
Mexico imports about 90% of its food.
But the situation has made some restaurant owners worried about the long-term outlook for the sector.
“Mexico is a very good market,” said Torres, who hopes to reopen in Mexico in the near future.
“I don’t know how long the shortage will last.”