WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - With more than 175 people in his restaurant at any given moment, the owner of Rocco's Tacos in West Palm Beach spends hours-on-end thinking about customer service.
Bur he spends much less time thinking about whether his Clematis Street restaurant is a terrorist target.
In fact, Rocco Mangel said he's never thought about it.
"The only thing we have to think about once in a while is a bar fight, or an angry patron, or somebody drunk," said Mangel.
Stopping terrorists is normally left to people like Brad Robinson.
Robinson, a former CIA agent and owner of a security firm in West Palm Beach, says that plots by so-called 'lone wolves' -- like Sami Osmakac, a man authorities say they've busted in Tampa -- are more likely to crop up now that American security services have done a better job tracking organized cells of overseas operatives.
"A lot of people still have this image of the terrorist threat being someone who is sneaking in using a false passport," said Robinson. "In this case we have someone who, although not born in this country, has been here for some time. He's a U.S. citizen. It makes it that much tougher."
If terrorists aren't caught in the planning phase, stopping them seems all-but-impossible.
Even worse, Robinson says an attack against a popular night spot might do a different kind of damage to the American psyche than anything we've experienced.
"The average American hasn't been to the Pentagon or the World Trade Center, but we've all been to nightclubs and restaurants," said Robinson.
Robinson said it's a threat we're going to have to live with.
Mangel accepts that. His staff already watches for suspicious behavior.
But nothing about the way he does business will change.
"It could almost be like there's a security checkpoint to go into a restaurant. And who wants to deal with that, you know?" he said.
The owner of a different night club in West Palm Beach, who did not want to be named, said his staff has already cracked down on packages and big coats -- things people could use to bring in dangerous items.
But he also agreed, that beyond that, there isn't much more they can do.
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