Local businesses bracing for more protests

Created: 04/04/2014 5:14 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Some Albuquerque businesses are bracing for a repeat of Sunday's protest. Frontier Restaurant had to close several hours early. It's the first time they've had to do that in 43 years. 

"We actually had the 1971 problem and that was one that got out of control there for awhile," said Larry Rainosek, the co-owner of the restaurant. The protest in '71 was against the Vietnam War. This once was against the Albuquerque Police Department. Rainosek is hoping he won't have to close early today.

"If it happens today, then I think the police department is ready for it and that hopefully the people realize that they're doing their job as well as they can and hopefully the protest will be peaceful," he said.

Sushi King in downtown has a different story. Employees are hoping for the same crowd they had in the first APD protest on March 25th.

"We got some customers from the protest and they came to eat and were really nice," said Sou Meunphalangchai, a server at the restaurant.

However, neither business is sure what to expect tonight, but are hoping for the best and prepared for the worst.

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