A bakery and two restaurants will close on Thursday in solidarity with immigrants who want to send a message to the Trump administration about its stance on immigration.
Silver Moon Bakery on 105th and Broadway let customers know with a sign on the register that it will be closed as part of the nationwide “Day Without Immigrants” strike scheduled for Thursday. Jin Ramen at 82nd and Amsterdam posted on Twitter that it too would be closed.
Land Thai Kitchen at 81st and Amsterdam is also closing.
And the Blue Ribbon restaurant company, which owns The Ribbon on 72nd Street near Central Park West will be closing
all some of its restaurants, company partner Eric Bromberg told Eater. Update: Not all Blue Ribbon restaurants will close. The Ribbon is actually going to be open, a company rep told us.
“This is not a casual decision,” Bromberg says of the closings, citing the financial impact it will have on the company and staff. “But there are times in life when money isn’t the most important thing.”
Staff started discussions on Monday to assess how many employees would not be going to work. Those absences, as well as the company’s support of the cause, led them to the decision to close. “We stand 100% behind our employees — whether they are immigrants or born in America, back of house or front of house,” reads the group’s statement. “When employees who haven’t missed a day of work in nearly 25 years come to you and ask for a day off to march against injustice, the answer is easy.”
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency arrested 41 people last week in raids in New York City; ICE said 38 of them had criminal convictions, although the agency did not detail the nature of those convictions, according to Politico.
A study (using data from more than a decade ago) indicated that more than half of dishwashers and one-third of chefs were undocumented.
1/3 of NYC construction laborers are undocumented. What will employers do to protect them, if anything? pic.twitter.com/SSvtcAzP1w
— Rosa Goldensohn (@RosaGoldensohn) February 15, 2017