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Oliva Enoteca was unscathed thanks to metal barriers outside the front door. Photo: Diario de Yucatán
Oliva Enoteca was unscathed thanks to metal barriers outside the front door. Photo: Diario de Yucatán

Traffic barriers in front of Oliva Enoteca’s front door were mangled, but protected diners from a traffic collision at Calle 54 and 47 on Thursday.

Diario de Yucatán reports that a driver ran a red light, was hit by an oncoming car, and one of the cars smashed into the popular restaurant’s metal barriers.

Google street view captured a glimpse of Oliva's barriers on the corner of Calle 47 and 54.
Google street view captured a glimpse of Oliva’s barriers on the corner of Calle 47 and 54.

An eastbound car on 47, with Quintana Roo plates collided with a southbound truck on 54. 

No injuries were reported in or out of the restaurant, according to the newspaper. But one of the cars ended up smashed, its front end aimed squarely at Oliva’s front door.

Five years ago, Calle 47 and 54 was a nondescript intersection on the eastern edge of Santa Ana, but today it boasts two of the area’s top restaurants and a highly rated boutique hotel. 

At night, street parking has become occasionally scarce where it was until recently plentiful, according to some neighbors. 

Across the street from Oliva is the upscale 130 Grados steakhouse, which opened earlier this year to rave reviews. But the catalyst behind the intersection’s growth is Casa Lecanda, which opened about five years ago, and has been featured in magazines and on travel blogs.


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