Update, 11:57 a.m.: Eat tacos Friday to support restaurants closed for Day Without Immigrants
Updated 3:25 p.m. Thursday
Las Palmas, a Mexican grocery with four area locations, will be closed Thursday to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration actions, as will at least three other restaurants in Pittsburgh.
A message posted on Las Palmas’ Facebook page said its four locations will be closed all day Thursday — a first since the original location opened eight years ago: “This will be done in support of our Hispanic community and to let everyone know that we are in disagreement with the measures and laws being implemented by President Donald Trump.”
That message was also posted at its Brookline location.
A phone message left for Las Palmas owner Gabriel Berumen Tuesday was not returned, but he told WPXI of the protest, “Maybe it’s nothing, but it’s something to get it started. If we all together, all Hispanics in this country, we don’t want to work … see how it’s going to be.”
Berumen was undocumented, he told WPXI, before marrying a U.S. citizen.
Edgar’s Best Tacos, based in the Strip District, announced Wednesday afternoon that it too will be closed on Thursday to protest Trump’s stance on immigration.
South Side-based La Palapa, Chicken Latino in the Strip and Bea Taco Town will also be closed.
On Feb. 16, employees of restaurants in cities including in Philly and D.C. plan to walkout as part of Dia Sin Immigrantes — A Day Without Immigrants. Thousands of people in Milwaukee protested Monday as part of a Day Without Latinos, Immigrants and Refugees in response to Trump supporter Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.’s immigration crackdown.
Local immigrants also plan to demonstrate in Beechview tomorrow. The action is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Fallowfield and Broadway avenues.
Las Palmas has been the subject of racist vandalism at least two times in the past few years. Its Brookline location was vandalized with the message “Go back to Mexico!” in late 2015. That was covered up with a mural that reads “Bienvenidos a Brookline,” which was then tagged with hateful messages including “Illegal Trespassers.”
A piece of concrete was also thrown through the window of Las Palmas’ restaurant in Beechview.