If you're heading out to eat today, you might find that some of your favorite restaurants are shuttered.
Thursday, February 16, kitchens across the Twin Cities are observing "A Day Without Immigrants," a national protest to illustrate the impact immigrants have on America's economy and culture.
We reported yesterday that El Burrito Mercado and El Nuevo Rodeo would be closed all day Thursday in observance of the strike. We've since recieved a growing list of restaurants that are joining the movement, many, though not all of them Latino owned and operated. Here is that list:
Panadería San Miguel
Taqueria La Hacienda
Super Mercado Morelia
El Nuevo Rodeo
Gorditas el Gordo
Merlins Rest (will not have kitchen open)
El Chinelo Market
Los Hornos Del Rey
Los Gallos (all 15 locations)
World Street Kitchen and Milkjam
Mesa Pizza, all locations
Victor's 1959 Cafe
Boca Chica Restaurante y Cantina & Boca Chica Taco House
Tinto Cocina + Cantina
Pimento Jamaican Kitchen
All of Hector Ruiz' restaurants, including La Fresca, Costa Blanca Bistro, Cafe Ena, and Rincon 38
Zen Box Izakaya
All Blue Plate Restaurants, including The Lowry, Mercury Dining Room, The Longfellow Grill, Edina Grill, The Freehouse, 3 Squares, Groveland Tap, Highland Grill, and Bottle Rocket
Hard Times Cafe
Joan's in The Park
Bar La Grassa
In addition, staff at all of Kim Bartmann's restaurants (Tiny Diner, Bryant Lake Bowl, Pat's Tap, Barbette, Bearcat) have been issued a letter in both Spanish and English informing them that they may participate in the strike without repercussion at work. The letter reads:
"If you choose to strike from work on 2.16.17 or 2.17.17, I will support your right to protest; your job will not be in danger. In light of our no-call, no-show policy, you should notify us 24 hours in advance of your shift.
If you choose to work on 2.16.17 and 2.17.17, you will take part in a cohesive moment in our community, when patrons of our neighborhood restaurants gravitate to the places they know they will be WELCOME regardless of their identity- as they have through many election cycles, through local & national tragedies and triumphs, weather events, power outages, and meals with family and friends.
As a company, we are here to truly feed people, to respect that we are all connected. We’re here for healthy food, healthy soil, for clean water, for clean air, for all people. True democracy can safeguard these basic human needs, and so we encourage you to find your voice and to organize as you see fit.
Whatever calls you, we encourage you to organize. Find your voice and decide what you are for and what you are against. True democratic process requires action."