(WSIL) -- It's Cinco De Mayo, so that means celebrating Mexican heritage. One way to do that is by eating the food like tacos, margaritas or any of your favorite Mexican dishes.
During this time last year, many restaurants were closed or only doing to-go orders due to mandates by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker to slow the spread of the virus. Meaning a huge hit to business for Mexican restaurants, as its one of the days of the year.
When the pandemic hit in March, La Galeria Mexican Cuisine and Creamery in Marion had only been open for six months.
Owner Laura Chairez says last year she could only do to-go orders for Cinco de Mayo, so this will be the first year people can dine in for the holiday.
"I'm very excited for this year because last year we were not fully opened like we are right now," she explains. "It was sad that we weren't able to celebrate so I consider this my first Cinco de May, or officially the first."
Customers can enjoy several authentic dishes such as birria tacos, chiles poblanos, sopes and moles just to name a few. Then wash it down with a handmade, to-order margarita or Horchata -- think the milk after eating a bowl of cinnamon cereal but made with rice.
Chairez says the doors are open to this day because of the community helping the restaurant through the hard times.
"They've come out and supported," she remarks. "I will be forever thankful for the warm welcoming that we received from the very beginning and we're still seeing that from everyone who supports us."
On Cinco de Mayo, the restaurant will be offering half priced shredded chicken and ground beef tacos.
La Galeria Mexican Cuisine and Creamery:
2406 Williamson County Parkway