Resort Hosting Cinco de Mayo Events after Restaurant Fire

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PLAINS TOWNSHIP - Managers at the Woodlands Inn and Resort said they are offering their kitchen and dining areas free of charge, to a nearby popular Mexican restaurant forced to close after a fire over the weekend.

Woodlands General Manager Rick Kronfeld told Newswatch 16 that he called the owners of La Tolteca in Wilkes-Barre Township and offered free use of the resort kitchen and dining areas, after finding out that the restaurant would be closed for weeks of repairs, after a dumpster fire spread to the roof.

"It's devastating to not only the revenue and the income, but also the employees. They would lose a big, big night for them,” said Kornfeld. "If the shoe was on the other foot, I would want somebody to help or staff our business as well."

Juan Carlos Rojas said he’s grateful that the nearby resort is stepping in and helping La Tolteca continue with its annual Cinco de Mayo party plans, which usually is the busiest weekend of the year for the business.

"It's been a lot stress you know, with everything that happened over there on Mundy Street. It`s been kind of terrible for the employees,” said Rojas. “The fire won`t stop La Tolteca. That just makes us stronger.”

The Cindo de Mayo celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday; the buffet costs $15.99 per person.