Some restaurants close for ‘Day without immigrants’ walkout

Some restaurants close for ‘Day without immigrants’ walkout
"Hate food." OK, now I'm just hungry. (Image: Pueblo Viejo Grill, Palm Desert, CA)

[Ed. – Zero noticeable effect around here.  Anyone out there inconvenienced?]

Restaurant workers and owners across the country are hoping Thursday’s “A Day Without Immigrants” walkout will make a powerful statement — that foreign laborers have a serious sway when it comes to economic power in America.

Amalita Silva, owner of El Burrito Mercado in St. Paul, Minn., said her employees asked her to join the grassroots campaign of immigrants to stay home, close their businesses and refrain from dining out and making purchases on Feb. 16. …

On Wednesday, chef Rick Bayless, known for his upscale Mexican cuisine, announced he would be closing four restaurants Thursday as his workers participate in the walkout in Chicago. …

Two of his restaurants, Cruz Blanca and Leña Brava, will remain open for employees who still want to work but the chef says he plans to donate “10 percent of gross revenue” to the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

In the nation’s capital, the owner of the local cafe chain Busboys and Poets’ is allowing any of his 600 employees to use a vacation day to join the walkout.

Also signing on is José Andrés, the D.C.-based chef credited with bringing the small-plates dining concept to America — and well-known for his ongoing feud with President Trump.

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