Photo: Toks


Restaurants in Mexico — and around the world — are facing hard times and desperately trying to reinvent themselves as takeout and delivery services in order to pay their rent and meet payroll during the covid-19 lockdown.

But while Uber Eats and Sindelantal are replacing the corner table at bistros and the community dining at major chains, at least some of the nation’s big name restaurants are using their skills and resources to help out the overworked doctors, nurses and other health professionals.

Case in point: Toks, the Mexican family-style dining chain that has been offering affordable, downhome meals since 1971.

Since April 27, Toks has begun distributing more than 50,000 free hot meals to Mexican health workers at two public hospitals in Mexico City.

The menus for the free breakfasts and lunches were created by Toks executive chef Víctor Fabela as a token of appreciation for the heroic efforts of Mexico’s doctors, nurses and other health workers in the fight to save lives from coronavirus infections.

The initiative is being cosponsored by Fundación Gigante and Panda Express restaurants.

The meals are delivered by Toks personnel in personal protective clothing so as to avoid any possible contamination.

The hospitals that are currently receiving the Toks meals are the Salvador Zubirán National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition and the Enrique Cabrera Cossio General Hospital.

…May 5, 2020


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