These DC Restaurants Are Closing For the “Day Without Immigrants” Strike on Thursday

Jaleo, Oyamel, and Zaytinya will all be closed.

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Restaurants across the Washington area plan to close Thursday as many employees participate in a “Day Without Immigrants” strike.

The protest, aimed at showing the impact of the immigrant community and taking a stand against Donald Trump‘s policies, has been gaining substantial traction through word of mouth in recent days. Many restaurants are trying to figure out ways to continue operating Thursday without their immigrant-heavy staffs, and some vendors who rely on immigrant workers and drivers have warned restaurants to expect possible delivery delays. A number of businesses are donating to charities that support immigrants.

Take a look below at the restaurants and bars that are closing all or parts of their businesses because of the strike.

Know of other closures? Email me at, and I’ll continue to update this list.


Acqua Al 2

Amici Miei Ristorante (Potomac)

All Set  (Silver Spring)

Arepa Zone (Union Market and food truck)

Ari’s Diner

Bad Saint

Bangkok Golden

Blue 44

BLT Steak

Brookland’s Finest

B Too

Bub & Pop’s


Busboys and Poets

Craft Kombucha (Union Market)

Capitol City Brewing (Shirlington closed all day, DC location closed until 5 p.m.)

Cancun Restaurant (Gaithersburg)

Chase the Submarine (Vienna)

Chopt (some locations)

Circa (all locations)


Clare and Don’s Beach Shack (Falls Church)

Co. Co. Sala

Comet Ping Pong


DC Dosa (Union Market)

DC Empanadas (Union Market and food trucks)

Denson Liquor Bar

Dock FC

Duffy’s Irish Pub

El Sol

El Tamarindo


Far East Taco Grille

Flight Wine Bar

Florida Avenue Grill


Hank’s Oyster Bar (all locations)

Hank’s Pasta Bar (Alexandria)

Harold Black


Jaleo (DC, Crystal City, and Bethesda)

Jetties (all locations except 1921 I St., NW)

Johnny’s Half Shell

Julia’s Empanadas

Le Caprice

La Puerta Verde

Luna Grill & Diner



Mike’s Deli At Lazy Sundae (Falls Church)



Nerds & Nibblers


Open Road (Falls Church)


Pizzeria Paradiso (Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria)

Peacock Cafe

Pow Pow

Pupatella (Arlington)

Purple Patch

The Red Hen

Rappahannock Oyster Bar


Sardi’s Pollo A La Brasa (all 10 locations)


Sloppy Mama’s BBQ


Sticky Rice


Sweetgreen (all 18 DC locations)

Taqueria Habanero

Taqueria Nacional

TaKorean (all locations)

Ted’s Bulletin (14th Street location)

Texas Jack’s Barbecue (Arlington)

Texas Parrillada (Gaithersburg)

Thip Khao

Toli Moli (Union Market)

Toki Underground

Trio Grill (Falls Church)




All-Purpose – Closed for lunch, reopens for dinner

Boundary Road – Open for drinks but no food

Boundary Stone – The Bloomingdale bar will be open, but the kitchen’s hours will be cut back with owners Colin McDonough and Gareth Croke preparing a limited menu from 5 to 9 p.m.

Brookland Pint – Bar is open, but kitchen is closed. Bring your own food.

Casa Luca – Open for wine and cocktails only

Cork Wine Bar – The entire kitchen staff will be out, but the owners will be working to offer a very limited menu. A dollar from each glass of wine sold on Thursday will go to American University’s Washington College of Law Immigrant Justice Clinic.

Dew Drop Inn Bar – Bar is open, but kitchen is closed.

Eat The Rich – Bar is open, but kitchen is closed.

El Chucho – The entire kitchen staff, including the chef, will be out, but the restaurant will remain open serving guacamole, salsa, and (maybe) elote. Immigrant staff at sister restaurant Little Coco’s will also be taking off, but the restaurant will remain open with help from senior management and the executive chef.

Espita Mezcaleria – Closed for lunch. Bar is open in the evening, kitchen is closed.

Fiola – Open for wine and cocktails only

Fiola Mare – Open for wine and cocktails only

Ivy and Coney – Bar is open, kitchen is closed.

Maddy’s Bar & Grille – Kitchen is closed, but some bar snacks are available.

Meridian Pint – Bar is open, but kitchen is closed. Bring your own food.

Nanny O’Briens – Kitchen only is closed.

Right Proper Brewing Company – Limited menu

Room 11 – The kitchen will be closed, but the bar will stay open with a portion of drink sales donated to Ayuda, a non-profit that supports immigrants in the DC-area.

Southern Efficiency – Bar is open, but kitchen is closed.

Smoke & Barrel – Bar is open, but kitchen is closed. Bring your own food.

Wonderland Ballroom – Bar is open, but kitchen is closed.

This story is being continuously updated.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.