Today, immigrants, their advocates, and allies around the country are protesting the Trump administration’s recent executive orders calling for “extreme vetting” of immigrants and a recent crackdown on “illegal immigration,” as well as Trump’s commitment to building a wall along the US-Mexican border.
Those in Boston are no exception. The protests — called the Day Without Immigrants — are meant to highlight the role that immigrants play in the US economy and the daily lives of American citizens. The boycott calls for immigrants to not attend work and school, or spend money.
The food service industry in particular employs a great number of immigrants. Thus, there are several restaurants in the Boston area that are closed altogether today, and others that are noting that there will be delays or reductions in service.
For example, Cambridge Brewing Co., while remaining open, will be one of those restaurants working with a significantly downsized menu.
“Rather than getting 20 or 30 menu options, you will get three, because that’s the best we can do without our immigrant workers,” said owner Phil Bannatyne. “When you walk in, you won’t even get a menu, you’ll get a note explaining why we’re doing what we’re doing. We think that illustrates the impact of not having immigrants.”
For Biplaw Rai, a Nepalese immigrant and the owner of Dudley Cafe in Roxbury, today serves as an opportunity to address some misconceptions about the immigrant community.
“[We] have been demonized and ostracized for doing what we do. But we’re just like any regular American,” he said. “If you look at the food industry, more than half the working population is immigrants. No one wants to walk around being fearful of the government, of ICE, of any other authorities. This is a really important day to educate the masses.”
Here is a look at what is currently closed.
This list will be updated as needed.
Anna’s Taqueria — some locations will be open intermittently throughout the day. The Newton restaurant and at least one of the Brookline locations were open this morning.
BLR by Shojo and Shojo
Shojo and BLR by Shojo will be closed tomorrow, February 16th, to participate in the Day Without Immigrants Strike. We are choosing to participate in solidarity with all immigrants as a reflection of our resolute belief in diversity . . The beauty of our location in Chinatown is its deep rooted history in migration, opportunity, and innovation. Our restaurant?s heart and soul are no exception. We hope you understand our choice to commit to this movement . @shojoboston and @blr_by_shojo will resume lunch and dinner service Friday, February 17th. We are open tonight!
The Chubby Chickpea
The Chickpea is only here because of a dreamer who immigrated to the US more than 40 years ago. We stand with immigrants everywhere tomorrow— The Chubby Chickpea (@ChubbyFoodTruck) February 16, 2017
Dirty Water Bread Co.
La Barra Sports Bar
La Posada Restaurant
Miranda Bread in Stoughton posted that it will be closed on Thursday for the protest.
Modelo’s Market Cafe
Oasis Brazilian Steakhouse
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Sangria Restaurant & Tapas
Sweet Green: Harrison Avenue and Summer Street locations
Open but standing in solidarity
Barbara Lynch Gruppo: No. 9 Park, Menton, B&G Oysters, Sportello, Drink, The Butcher Shop, Stir. Owner Barbara Lynch made a statement on Twitter.
Flat Top Johnny’s
Los Amigos Taqueria
Wilcox Group Restaurants (Tip Tap Room, Bukowski Taverns, The Lower Depths)
“We’re going to take the entire menu and make it Latin inspired tonight,” said chef Brian Poe. “20 percent of the sales will go to an organization of our Latin colleagues’ choice. My entire career, I have been surrounded by [immigrants]. They’ve been standing next to me on the line for 24 years.”Lexi Peery can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @LexiFP. Alex Frandsen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.