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Local restaurants gear up for weekend business

Posted at 3:43 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 18:43:07-04

Downtown is expected to host dozens of people this weekend as the United Farm Workers hold an event at the Rabobank Convention Center.

"Events downtown definitely keep us busy," said Elisha Castaneda, who work's for Manuel's Casa de Mariscos on Truxtun Avenue.

She said they normally have a constant flow of customers, but it's events at Rabobank that really bring in the big bucks.

"Country concerts, for some reason, brings in so many people for some reason, we get so busy," she said.

But this weekend, downtown will host hundreds of people who are attending the UFW 20th Constitutional Convention.

State and National politicians, including Governor Jerry brown, attorney general Kamala Harris, Kerry Kennedy and other delegates will be on hand to talk about the progress of farm workers rights.

Former President, Bill Clinton, is expected to wrap up the event on Sunday - which could draw even larger crowds.

"To have President Clinton join us on Sunday is an incredible honor for him to come in and listen and talk to farm workers is a huge indicator of what he values," said Armando Elenes, UFW's National Vice President.

This means restaurants in the area could see more customers.

"I do. It feel like it will, especially with one of the presidents coming in, that would bring a lot of business to us," said Castaneda.

She said their restaurant will prepare by bringing in more staff and having extra food.

"it's worth it, it's definitely worth it," she said.

The event kicks off tomorrow with a pre-convention dinner at the convention center.

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