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No Cinco de Mayo party at The Fountains in Roseville this year

By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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For the first time in three years, the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration will not be held at the Fountains at Roseville this year.

The reason: Tres Agaves Mexican Restaurant has closed.

Fountains general manger Yoncie Griswold stated that the annual party was put on by Tres, which closed its doors abruptly last year.

Sacramento’s Zocalo has since committed to take over the space and had originally planned on opening Saturday, according to the company website.

A company spokesperson could not be reached for comment as to when the restaurant plans to open, but Griswold said she is meeting with owners next week to discuss the issue.

“I know they are not dragging their feet,” she said. “I have seen their presentation and what they are going to put in there. It’s going to be gorgeous.”

Griswold said the company is in the process of creating a specialized interior that will be “quite different” from their Midtown restaurant, including chandeliers imported from Mexico.

Meanwhile, Citrus Heights resident Dolores Arreguin said she was planning on attending the party this year at the Fountains and is disappointed there were not many other events going on in the city.

“That sounded like a fun thing to do,” Arreguin said.

So what is going on?

While there will be no “fiesta grande” at the Fountains, other Roseville restaurants will be celebrating the Cinco de Mayo holiday this year.

Zocalo’s sister restaurant Mas Cocina Mexicana, located at 1561 Eureka Road, will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The restaurant will host live mariachi music beginning at 3 p.m., a live DJ spinning records on the patio and performances from Mexican folk dancers.

The restaurant will also be serving up $1 street tacos for those who come early as well as margarita specials all day.

Downtown Roseville’s Boxing Donkey will get its celebration started around noon Saturday with $1.50 corned beef tacos, $4 margaritas and bottles of Corona for $3.50.

Stout Rebellion will be performing live Irish music beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Toby Lewis can be reached at tobyl@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.