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Some of NYC's best restaurants are closing their doors today in solidarity with immigrants

By Virginia K. Smith | February 16, 2017 - 12:30PM 

NYC rally for immigrants on January 29th. Photos courtesy of Virginia K. Smith

If you notice that one of your favorite restaurants is closed today, it's for a very good reason: Today marks "A Day Without Immigrants," a national strike demonstrating the crucial role that immigrant workers play in the U.S. economy.

Though the strike isn't specific to the food service industry, given the essential role immigrant staffers play in the food world, restaurants in cities across the country will be closing their doors in solidarity with the general strike. Here in New York City, some big name eateries—including Blue Ribbon Restaurants, Frankie's Spuntino, and Prime Meats—have already announced that they'll shut down service today as a show of support to striking workers.


While Eataly will remain open, they've also posted a notice warning customers of potential delays due to short staffing, and expressed support for the strike. Sandwich chain Lenny's has posted ad similar notice (h/t Gothamist):

AM NY has reported that Dough and the Lower East Side's La Contenta are also among the restaurants closing their doors today, and NBC New York notes that the strike has also reached Staten Island, where three Cafe Pon bakeries will be closing their doors for the first time in a decade.

All of which is to say, don't be surprised if you find your favorite restaurant closed—or with limited service—today. And to be sure to go back and give them business (and tip the staff well) once they're back open tomorrow.


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