By Ben Fractenberg
TRIBECA — The staff of Cercle Rogue was divided when France took on Mexico in the World Cup on Thursday. But they were united in celebration after the game.
The French restaurant has an international staff, with most workers coming from either France or Mexico.
"There's a lot of talk between us but it's in good fun," said head chef Pierre Landet. "They are able to cheer and support Mexico despite this being a French restaurant because they are my boys."
The French fans crowded around the bar during the game, while the kitchen staff was in the dining room blowing vuvuzela horns.
Mexico triumphed 2-0. They will get to next round with at least a draw in their next match, while France is on the verge of elimination.
"Now we are going to have to support Mexico," Landet said.
"It's exciting. It's the first time we have ever beaten them," said sous chef Fernando Merino. "We are family here. Most of us have been working together for seven years, so it's wonderful.
"In the end, we are all celebrating World Cup together."