Philly restaurants closing for ‘Day Without Immigrants’

Some spots are closing entirely in solidarity; some are serving limited menus.

Carlos Aparicio, corporate chef at Zavino Restaurant Group, is supportive of the action

Carlos Aparicio, corporate chef at Zavino Restaurant Group, is supportive of the action

Danya Henninger

Updated throughout the day

As part of a nationwide action designed to highlight their impact on the US and local economy, many Philly area immigrants (both documented and undocumented) plan to stay home from work on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Several Philadelphia restaurants are closing in solidarity with “A Day Without Immigrants” — an estimated three-quarters of the Philly immigrant community works in the hospitality industry — while others are planning to serve limited menus or donate money to civil rights organizations.

Here’s a list of participating venues (we will update throughout the day; send tips if you know another one):

Closing entirely for the day

  • El Compadre, South Philly Barbacoa
  • Sonny’s Steaks
  • Sam’s Morning Glory Diner
  • Zavino, Tredici
  • Triangle Tavern, Cantina Los Caballitos, Royal Tavern, Khyber Pass Pub, Cantina Dos Segundos
  • Rick Bayless’ Frontera Grill
  • Los Cuatro Soles New Mexican Cuisine
  • Taco Riendo
  • Tamalex
  • Los Gallos
  • Blue Corn restaurant
  • Yanako,  Chabaa Thai Bistro, Binto Market & Cafe
  • Cafe y Chocolate, La Mula Terca
  • Frida, Plaza Garibaldi
  • Picanha Brazilian Grill
  • Azucar Cake Shop
  • Rose Tattoo Cafe
  • Honest Tom’s Taco Shop
  • Anastasi Seafood
  • Taqueria la Veracruzana
  • Prima Pizza Taqueria Mexicana
  • Cucina Forte

Open but with limited menu or hours

  • Standard Tap (kitchen closed; 20 percent of all bar sales donated to PA ACLU)
  • Tria and Tria Taproom (kitchen closed, serving only wine, cheese and beer; donating $1 from each dish or drink sold to the interfaith Citizenship Coalition)
  • Oyster House, Mission Taqueria (very limited menu; will be paying staff even if they don’t show up)
  • Le Virtu (reservations capped at 18; no walk-ins)
  • Sampan, Graffiti Bar, Double Knot, Harp & Crown (closed for lunch)
  • Foodery Rittenhouse (limited menu)
  • Positano Coast (closed for lunch)
  • American Sardine Bar, South Philadelphia Tap Room (kitchen closed from 5 p.m. onward)
  • Hungry Pigeon (closed from 2:45 p.m. onward)

Supportive (may close if not enough staff; will not punish those who participate):

  • Stephen Starr restaurants
  • Garces Group restaurants
  • Tequilas
  • Jose Pistola’s, Sancho Pistola’s
  • Jezabel’s
  • St. Benjamin’s Taproom (offering 10% off food and beer to anyone in the industry or anyone who comes in with a protest sign; donating 10% of the day’s sales to the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians)
  • W/N W/N Coffee Shop (hosting a special 5 to 8 p.m. ‘Dia Sin Inmigrante’ event with ROC United featuring trainings and speakers about “sanctuary”; donations accepted)
  • Loco Pez ($1 from each taco sold donated to Mexican American Legal Defense Fund; update: kitchen closing at 10 p.m. because of “staffing shortage”)
  • EAT Cafe
  • Whetstone Tavern
  • Enjay’s Pizza, Pitruco Pizza (day’s profits donated to two “immigrant-worker-supporting” charities)

Map created and submitted by Robert Byrne

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