Chefs Across US to Close Restaurants for Protest Day
A growing group of restaurant owners and chefs nationwide are closing their restaurants today as part of the "A Day 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.
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. Full Story
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