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Staff, customers at St. Paul's El Burrito Mercado 'victimized' by robbers

The popular restaurant and market was robbed Friday.
El Burrito Mercado in St. Paul

El Burrito Mercado, a popular Mexican market and restaurant in St. Paul, is reeling from a brazen robbery Friday evening. 

The business announced the incident on Facebook the same night, telling followers that both employees and patrons were left "traumatized" by the perpetrators:

"We are heartbroken for our staff and customers that were victimized by these cowards," the post says, adding, "we hope justice is served."

The restaurant also said that they would only be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, "so that we can continue collaborating with police and give our staff time to be with their families."

There aren't many details in the post, but per the Pioneer Press, St. Paul police say the perpetrators were masked gunmen who "cleaned out the cash registers" and robbed customers of their phones and wallets. 

Police have not made any arrests yet, the paper notes. 

El Burrito Mercado, located at 175 Cesar Chavez St., was opened in 1979 by Tomas and Maria Silva, both immigrants from Aguascalientes, Mexico, the restaurant's website says.  

It also has a Minneapolis location. 

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