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Le Caprice, Pizzeria Paradiso, Boundary Stone and others also closing or closing Kitchens Thursday for “A Day Without Immigrants”

by Prince Of Petworth February 15, 2017 at 12:50 pm 27 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Miki J.

Hearing from more spots following Meridian Pint, Brookland Pint, Smoke & Barrel’s solidarity with immigrant staff.

From Le Caprice in Columbia Heights:

“As a business owned and almost entirely staffed by immigrants, we polled the staff, and they collectively decided to join the strike tomorrow.”

From Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown and Old Town:

“Ruth Gresser has decided to close the Old Town Alexandria and Georgetown locations of Pizzeria Paradiso. She personally plans on working in the kitchen on Thursday so they can open the Dupont Circle location.”

From Boundary Stone in Bloomingdale:

“Our kitchen will be closed this Thursday in solidarity with our staff for the #DayWithoutImmigrants protest and owners Colin McDonough and Gareth Croke will be manning the kitchen from 5pm to 9pm offering a limited menu.

The bar will open at 4pm.

I will update this list as I get more emails from restaurants.

Brookland’s Finest will also be closed.

Veloce, Pizzeria Paradiso’s fast casual spot on L Street will also be closed.

Busboys and Poets will be closed.

Justin’s Cafe (Navy Yard) “We are a small business dependent on immigrant labor. We stand with our employees, distributors, and friends and have chosen to close our kitchen tomorrow, Thursday, February 16. The bar will be open regular business hours, and you are more than welcome to bring your own food.”


“We at Rappahannock Oyster Bar thrive on a platform of inclusivity, hard work, respect and love. We are part of an industry that exists to provide a welcoming atmosphere and genuine hospitality – an industry that is also filled with talented and devoted immigrants without whom we could not operate on a daily basis. They are the backbone of our businesses, and our beloved nation.Tomorrow, February 16, Rappahannock Oyster Bar will join with restaurants across the country and close for the day to stand in solidarity with our indispensable staff. We all must stand together and fight for what is right, tomorrow and every day.”

300 Florida Ave NW | anxodc.com

ANXO will be open for bar service with a limited food menu of pintxos only. 10% of the night’s sales will go to Ayuda.

“ANXO stands with our immigrant staff, friends, and community in fighting for the rights of every individual, no matter their country of origin. Our staff comes from El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and Spain. Without them we cannot run this restaurant. For this reason, on Thursday, 2/16, ANXO will open with a limited food menu of pintxos only. Our staff has the right to protest, and we enthusiastically support them.”

– Rachel Fitz, Co-Owner of ANXO

1330 5th Street NE | cottonandreed.com

Cotton & Reed doesn’t have a kitchen, but will also be donating 10% of the night’s sales to Ayuda. In addition, anyone supporting the strike can join us at the bar for a free shot at 8:00 p.m. and again at 11:00 p.m.

828 Upshur Street NW | himitsudc.com

Himitsu will be closed on Thursday. From Beverage Director and Co-Owner Carlie Steiner:

“Our entire kitchen staff would not be here if their parents and grandparents didn’t immigrate to America. The dining industry would not exist without immigrants. Period.”

3242 11th Street NW | room11dc.com

Room 11’s kitchen will be closed. The bar will stay open, and a portion of drink sales will be donated to Ayuda.

809 Uphsur Street NW | timberpizza.com

Timber employees have chosen to keep the restaurant open on Thursday. 10% of sales will be donated to Ayuda.

1309 5th Street NE (inside Union Market) | tolimolidc.com

Toli Moli will be closed on Thursday. From Co-Founder/CEO Simone Jacobson:

“There would be no Toli Moli without immigrants. Both Chef JoJo and our partner, Eric Wang, are immigrants. The majority of our staff are either immigrants or first generation Americans. We are in the business of sweetening snack time, and there is nothing sweeter than a legacy that honors our diverse families and ancestors.”

All Jetties (except Eye St. location) and both Surfside also closed.

TaKorean (multiple locations) will be closed.

Fast Gourmet (14th and W St, NW) will be closed.

Vida Fitness:

“Immigrant workers make up an indispensable part of our VIDA community and the backbone of many of our daily operations. We support our employees participation in the nationwide Day Without Immigrants movement tomorrow and as a result we have modified our operations wherever necessary. We will work to minimize disruption to our members, but recognize that any interruption in service tomorrow is a testament to the essential service they bring to our team.

Tomorrow we honor an immigrant community that feels threatened, marginalized and scapegoated. We will work together until A Day Without Immigrants is no longer needed.”

DAIKAYA (Ramen Shop & Izakaya)
705 6th Street NW

In support of the staff and ‘A Day Without Immigrants’, Daikaya has decided to close its ramen shop and izakaya for lunch and dinner service on Thursday, February 16th, 2017. Daikaya will reopen for business on Friday, February 17th observing regular business hours.

Mindful Restaurants Group will be closing all of its restaurants tomorrow – Thursday, February 16th – including Acqua al 2, Harold Black, Denson Liquor Bar, Ghibellina, Sotto, Ari’s Diner, La Puerta Verde, and Dock FC – in support of their staff and ‘A Day Without Immigrants’. Without immigrants there are no restaurants. Mindful Restaurants will reopen on Friday, February 17th observing regular business hours.

All 18 DC Area Sweetgreen locations will be closed.

Nanny O’Briens (Cleveland Park) Kitchen will be closed.

Bistro Bohem: “closed today for lunch and I (owner Daniel Sidzina) will be in the kitchen cooking limited menu for dinner (full bar is available).”

Sauf Haus: “We will be paying our team members who have decided to protest full wages for their hours that would have been worked, as well as matching tipped employees gratuities. All gratuities will be donated to AYUDA. We proudly stand in solidarity with the immigrant workforce in D.C., and acknowledge that we would be nowhere without their contributions.”

“Lost hospitality group will be closing the following locations:

1337 Connecticut Ave NW

Lost Society
2001 14th st NW

Proud to stand with our Staff in solidarity”

Crisp Kitchen + Bar: “After discussing with my entire staff they would like to stay open so we are donating 10% of our Sales tonight to the Kids in Need Defense Fund at https://supportkind.org/”


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