Reston Restaurants Show Their Support of ‘Day Without Immigrants’

by Dave Emke February 16, 2017 at 11:30 am 31 Comments

Day Without Immigrants sign at SweetgreenA number of restaurants and other businesses across D.C. and the nation are closed or operating on restrictions today as part of the “Day Without Immigrants.” The protest is part of an effort to show the impact immigrants have on daily lives of Americans, and was spawned out of President Donald Trump’s new immigration policies.

At least two Reston restaurants are showing their support. Sweetgreen (11935 Democracy Drive) is closed for the day, as are all of the company’s 18 locations in the Metro area.

“Our diversity is what makes this family great, and we respect our team members’ right to exercise their voice in our democracy,” reads signs posted on the restaurant’s doors Thursday. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and hope you understand our commitment to our people.”

Meanwhile, PassionFish (11960 Democracy Drive) says its menu options may be limited Thursday as part of the protest.

A representative for PassionFish owner Passion Food Hospitality said the Reston restaurant is “not particularly affected” and “most staff” would be working Thursday.

“[Management is] supportive of their staff on whichever decision they choose,” said spokesperson Meg Malloy.

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