The nine previous Cinco de Mayo celebration at Habanero’s Restaurant has helped the Lee’s Summit eatery gain quite the reputation for its ode to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
Now in its 10th year, owner Vince Totta said the restaurant plans to blow the roof off – celebration style that is – with its 10th annual Cinco de Mayo Tent Party.
Specials run through May 4 in what Totta is calling “the biggest Cinco de Mayo event held in the Kansas City area” on the parking lot of the eatery at 1008 S.E. Blue Parkway.
Radio station 95.7 FM The Vibe will host a live remote from 3-5 p.m. May 5 and the band Crosswind will perform beginning at 5. Other activities include food and drink specials and give-away promotions, including a two-ticket giveaway by 95.7 to the sold-out Justin Timberlake concert in July at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.
The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. and outdoor festivities begin at 2 p.m. and run until close.
“This year we are going to step it up a notch and be a little more grandiose,” Totta said. “We’re going to have a great party all evening long.”
Totta added Habanero’s decided to expand its reach for the latest celebration after keeping the previous nine contained to the Lee’s Summit area. Owners want to use the 10th anniversary to not only lay claim to hosting the biggest Cinco event, but bring first-time customers to the place as well.
“The prior nine years we only marketed our tent party in the Lee’s Summit area,” he said. “This year, we are actually announcing it to the whole entire Kansas City area. It’s been such a great event. It’s grown and grown over the years. We’re the biggest Cinco de Mayo tent party in Kansas City and we wanted to announce that to all of Kansas City and try to attract some new customers to us.”
As with any celebration, Lee’s Summit Police are urging drivers to stay from behind the wheel if they are impaired. Beginning tonight and running through May 5, the department’s traffic unit will be out in full force.
“We are doing increased impaired driver patrols during the entire weekend,” said LSPD spokesman Sgt. Chris Depue. “In addition to Cinco de Mayo it is also the end of prom season so officers are being encouraged to seek out impaired drivers.”
The weekend patrols will end with a “wolf pack” May 5 that will put officers out on patrol to specifically target impaired drivers, Depue said.