A Day Without Immigrants garners national support


A growing group of restaurant owners and chefs nationwide are closing their restaurants today as part of the “A Day

Chef Jose Andres has closed his Washington, D.C> restaurants in support of A Day Without Immigrants.
Chef Jose Andres has closed his Washington, D.C. restaurants in support of A Day Without Immigrants.

Without Immigrants” campaign, a movement started in Washington, D.C. to demonstrate the impact immigrants have on America’s economy and culture as a response to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, numerous businesses and eateries have closed. Chavez Supermarket has closed all 10 of their Bay Area locations for the day. However, there were not many reports of restaurants participating in the boycott.

Sebastopol Road in Santa Rosa is the epicenter of Latino businesses in Sonoma County. Marcos Suarez, diversity program manager of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, detailed the closures there.

“Pretty much all of the businesses there are closing. Camacho’s Market, La Texanita, the food trucks,” said Suarez. “Lola’s Market, they have seven locations throughout Sonoma County, and they’re one of the biggest. It really was a snowball effect, everybody got behind this movement.”

Rancho Mendoza Super Mercado in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol is also closed in Sonoma County.

In the Twin Cities many restaurants have closed for the day in a show of support for the movement. Among the Twin Cities area restaurants staying closed for the day: 3 Squares, Boca Chica, Bottle Rocket, Café Ena, Costa Blanco Bistro, Edina Grill, Freehouse, Groveland Tap, Highland Grill, Hola Arepa, La Fresca, Longfellow Grill, Mercury Dining Room, Mesa Pizza, Rincon 38, Shindig Event Space, Sonora Grill, The Lowry, Tinto Cocina and World Street Kitchen.

Jose Andres owns a number of restaurants in the Washington D.C. area, and will shutter Jaleo, Oyamel, and Zaytinya to support the campaign.

“When you have employees that have been with you almost 25 years, and they come to you in an organized way and they tell you, ‘Don’t get upset but Thursday we are not coming to work,’ the next thing you ask is, ‘What’s going on? What’s happening?’ So I decided to join them and support them–that’s what we’re doing,” said Andres.

Fast-casual salad restaurant Sweetgreen will close 18 of its D.C.-area locations. Other chefs and restaurant operators around the country are reported to be joining in the protest, including Rick Bayless, who will close his four Chicago restaurants for the day, and the Blue Ribbon Restaurant group of seven eateries in New York, all of which will close today. Restaurants in New York, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Colorado, and Boston, are also participating in the campaign, reports Tasting Table.

John Foley is Publisher of foodiedaily.com

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