Restaurant Closed in Nicaragua

In a context of falling production, the restaurant La Marseillaise, which operated in the country's capital, announced that it will temporarily close its facilities.

Monday, February 17, 2020

The French food restaurant, which had a capacity to serve 150 people and had been operating in Managua for more than four decades, made its closure official in a brief statement.

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Lucy Valenti, president of the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur), told Laprensa.com.ni that "... It is regrettable that a restaurant with such a tradition and that for so many years was able to maintain, even in the difficult years of the eighties, but that now is being forced to close because of the crisis they are experiencing due to economic difficulties, the pressure of both tax and Social Security increases... It is one more result of the socioeconomic crisis the country is going through."

The article adds that "... René Hauser, president of the Managua Restaurant Association and owner of the restaurant, had already warned on December 19 that the situation of the sector in general was not positive. The behavior of sales as of November 30, 2019 for restaurants that are in a better situation than others was recorded between 20% and 30% and for businesses that are in a worse situation up to 50% below sales for the same period in 2017."

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