The urban transformation generated by the construction of the Gastronomic Tourism Corridor on Merida’s 47th street in the Historic Center has triggered the opening of at least eight new restaurants with Yucatecan, Mexican and foreign investment.
Before the development of the urban project, known as a gastronomic corridor, 15 restaurants operated on 47th street, which were the pioneers. Today, eight new food establishments are under construction, adaptation and equipment so that they start operations when the gastronomic corridor of the municipal part is ready, which is from 56-A to 48 streets that will join the Gran Parque La Plancha , which will also have restaurants in the old railway cars.
For the president of the National Chamber of the Restaurant Industry and Condiment Foods in Yucatan (Canirac), Claudia Yamily González Góngora, this project developed by the Mérida government encourages mixed investment on 47th Street and today it is a 100% street with a restaurant vocation.
She augurs business success for investors because it is fully demonstrated that restaurants restore life and economic dynamism to desolate urban areas. And he gave as an example the first square of the city and the Santa Lucía park that until a few years ago did not attract people, but today they are spaces with a lot of social life and commercial activity.
“This gastronomic corridor on 47th Street is indeed a subject of Canirac due to its specific vocation, it has already become a restaurant area,” he said in an interview.
González Góngora recalled that Canirac ensures that the restaurants in operation on this street face the least inconvenience due to the work.
He noted that restaurant owners know that there are temporary inconveniences, but they will have a future benefit. Therefore, all the restaurants on this street are betting that this new urban infrastructure will increase the commercial value of the corridor, which will translate into a greater affluence of customers.
“The 15 restaurants that operate on 47th street are pioneers of gastronomy in this corridor,” he said. The restaurant owners and Canirac were asking for this type of infrastructure and the political will of the municipal, state and federal governments was combined with the La Plancha park project, this is how this urban project was achieved in this part of Mérida”, she said.
The head of Canirac also stressed that the 15 restaurants that operate on 47th Street are hardly noticeable, but when new business units open, it will undoubtedly become an eminently restaurant street with a wide gastronomic offer in a single sector.
Investments in the new 47th Street restaurants are mixed, he said. Many projects are from Yucatecan investment, others from national people who came to live in the city and are now venturing into the food industry. There are even investments by Yucatecan investors with nationals and Yucatecans with foreigners.
For now, the reconstruction of 47th street is nearing completion, with all its planned modifications. This week Merida’s government must open a section to vehicular traffic on 47th street.
The next stage will be the removal of the poles and wiring of public lighting and electrical infrastructure (now it will be in underground pits) and then will come the placement of street furniture.
“It is a big project, the important thing is that public investment and private investment that are already there converge. Construction takes months and the authorities have the support of the restaurant industry because it is a benefit for this sector in the future,” she stated.