Mexico restaurant owner stays afloat by introducing 'coronaburger'

Mexico restaurant owner keeps his business afloat by introducing ‘coronaburger’ which features a green bun with peaks

  • René Saucedo came up with a green hamburger bun that mimics the coronavirus molecules
  • The 39-year-old is the owner of Hot Dogs Zhunckos in Torreón, Mexico, and came up with the idea after he saw pictures of cakes that had a COVID-19 theme
  • It took him one day to come up with a green brioche bun that has fluffy spikes
  • The ‘coronaburger’ contains beef; bacon; gouda, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses; red onions; spinach; tomato; bourbon sauce; and avocado dressing
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

René Saucedo had to quickly adjust to the tough times that were ahead as business at his restaurant in Mexico started to slow down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Now everyone is looking forward to getting a bite of the ‘coronaburger’ for the price of $4.

Saucedo told in a telephone interview Thursday that it took him just one day to come up with the idea that has captivated his customer base, including the frontline workers who are battling the deadly disease.

The 39-year-old owner of Hot Dogs Zhunckos had recently laid off one of his two workers at his three-year-old business and was surfing the internet looking for a way to keep his restaurant afloat at a time when an infinite number of businesses across the world have been forced to shut down their doors because of the current economic crisis.

The coronaburger sold out of a restaurant in Torreón, Mexico, contains beef; bacon; gouda, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses; red onions; spinach; tomato; bourbon sauce; and avocado dressing on a brioche bun. It’s the brainchild of René Saucedo as a result of slow sales caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

René Saucedo said he came up with designing a green bun with fluffy spikes that playfully mimics a coronavirus molecule after he came across photos of cakes that were designed with a COVID-19 theme 

René Saucedo said most of his customers who have ordered the coronaburger are health care workers who are on the frontline battling the spread of the deadly bug

‘What happened was that I was thinking and here where I live you start to get exposure from many people who are making cakes in the form of the coronavirus or with the theme of the coronavirus,’ Saucedo said.

‘And what occurred to me was, why not make a bread like this with the COVID theme? So we suggested to the person who makes the bread that it could be done and she, from one day to the next, had the bread for us.’ 

The coronaburger is centered around a hamburger green brioche bun contains several fluffy spikes that mimics coronavirus molecules. 

The burger itself contains beef, three types of cheeses – gouda, cheddar and mozzarella – cooked red onions, fresh spinach, tomato, bourbon sauce and avocado dressing.

At least five coronaburgers are sold each day and more are expected to be sold as news of the novelty idea spread throughout Torreón, a city in the northern Mexico state of Coahuila

The coronaburger can be ordered at René Saucedo’s Hot Dogs Zhunckos, located in Torreón, Mexico

The coronaburger is consists of beef; bacon; gouda, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses; red onions; spinach; tomato; bourbon sauce; and avocado dressing on a brioche bun.

René Saucedo, creator of the coronaburger

Saucedo said he normally sells about five coronaburgers on average, most of his orders being placed curious customers as well as nurses and doctors who have been drawn by and applauded this novelty.

‘People look at it with humor to try to take the good out of this that is happening’ Saucedo said.

‘Here we greatly admire the work of the medical service in general because they are the ones who are facing COVID.’ 

The married father of two children expects sales to gradually improve as the word continues to spread out while he continues to look at other way to keep Hot Dogs Zhunckos from going under. 

‘We have to look for comfort in and believe that something good has to come out of all the critical situations. We ran with the luck of having created this burger and our sales went up a little,’ Saucedo said.   

‘I believe that my best advice is not to give up and go all in on everything you do. There is no other way because that is how life life.’

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