Restaurants expect to be busy due to U of A commencement

Businesses cash in ahead of commencement

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - "It’s going to be hectic.”

Manager of Americano Mexicano, Brenda Escarpe, had a few tables filled by 5 p.m. Thursday. It’s a more manageable crowd than what is expected to flow through their doors this weekend.

UA Spring Commencement means hundreds of people will be flooding the University area, which to Escarpe means hundreds of mouths to feed.

"It’s going to be some stress. I’m not going to lie, we’re gonna have a lot of stress but we’re going to get through it, we always do.”

Americano Mexicano just opened its doors back in October so this is their first graduation experience. But make no mistake they have been prepping for quite some time.

"It’s been a few weeks into the planning here, trying to get it all organized and get stuff ready,” said Escarpe.

From added staff to additional food, and 100 pounds of meat, they are just one of the many restaurants around the area are ready for all the new grads and families.

Like the Van Roekels.

"During the school year it’s crazy on university but definitely now there’s way more people and the traffic is a lot,” said Taylor Van Roekel, who has spent the past five years on campus working towards a degree in Accounting.

Joined by her mom Jan, who said they are prepared to wait and deal with the influx of families.

"It’s a little crazy but we love it all because we’re so proud of the kids,” said Jan

So after four years of waiting to get a diploma, just be prepared to wait a little longer while out to eat this weekend.

And although the crowds might be crazy, Escarpe says it will give them a nice boost in return.

“It’s going to be good for our business. It’s going to get us out there more. Hopefully we get more of the locals in, versus just the kids, now that they’re going to be leaving. Hopefully, it boosts up more foot traffic in here."

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