Where you hear a 10-piece mariachi band ringing out nightly, you hardly expect to find an apothecary. Yet at the Guadalajara restaurant Los Remedios, located on La Paz three blocks west of Chapultepec, they playfully claim to have found solutions — remedios — to life’s most pressing problems.
From its snappy valet parking attendants and university-educated manager to its corps of white-coated waiters, the staff exudes whatever is the polar opposite of sleaziness and they dedicate themselves to addressing life’s most important concerns, which as said university-educated manager Noel Lozano puts it, are “good food, good drinks and security.”
In a country such as Mexico, where “Don’t worry, be happy” should be the national motto (in Spanish, of course), Los Remedios may have found a formula to bring this optimistic ethos to fruition, at least for their patrons, who are mostly well-heeled singles, business people and families with children.
“We put our employees through a selection process,” said Lozano, “because when a customer goes to a restaurant, they shouldn’t have to worry about getting robbed.” (Behind its large, cheerily decorated restaurant, Los Remedios has a bar featuring the same ample menu, plus a DJ or live band playing rock and pop — the type of venue that, due to dismaying incidents that have occured in lower-brow bars, sometimes with the apparent involvement of its employees, is very worrisome to parents of young people.)
A related worry that Los Remedios addresses is security in matters of drunkenness.