CLIFTON PARK – The parade of people congregating in the doorway of La Fiesta, seeking a taste of Mexico to mark Tuesday’s Cinco de Mayo holiday, resulted in a call to the police, a town official said.
Clifton Park Supervisor Phil Barrett said police responded to the restaurant in the Price Chopper plaza after the takeout order crowd got too large.
“There was a huge crowd of people apparently,” Barrett said. “But I have not had a full report so I can’t confirm the outcome of the State Police action.”
Details were unavailable as no one answered the phone at La Fiesta on Tuesday evening and State Police said they could not discuss the matter with the press. They referred questions to their public information officer who would not be available until Wednesday morning.
However, a Facebook post showed dozens of people jamming an outdoor foyer. While most were wearing masks, they were standing inches apart, obviously not observing social distancing. Comments on the posted photo called out the diners for their not abiding by the pandemic’s safety restrictions.
“This is why we have to have specified restrictions,” one commenter wrote. “People are not smart enough to do it on their own. I wish I could say unbelievable, but sadly it’s not.”
The attraction wasn’t just at La Fiesta. The manager of El Charro in Albany said their restaurant was overwhelmed with orders too. One diner on Facebook said she waited an hour outside for her meal and finally canceled her order.