The restaurants are standing in solidarity with immigrants
With some restaurants across the country closing for the day in solidarity with America’s immigrant communities, a couple of local establishments are taking a different approach. The owners of Chai Pani in Decatur and Botiwalla in Ponce City Market will donate 100 percent of Thursday’s profits to the American Civil Liberties Union.
“The restaurants of Chai Pani Restaurant Group stand in solidarity with the immigrant labor strike on February 16,” reads a statement posted to social media. “All of our workers are encouraged to protest, but we are keeping our doors open to donate 100 percent of profits to the ACLU. We encourage all to stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters [on Thursday]. Without them, our industry would not exist.”
The group will also donate profits from its Asheville restaurants: a second Chai Pani outpost, MG Road Bar & Lounge, and Buxton Hall Barbecue.