An alert “06880” reader — and helpful mother — headed out to Chipotle today. A sick kid at home craved a burrito.
To her surprise, the fast-food chain was closed.
So she drove a couple of miles east, to Border Grille.
That locally owned place was also shut.
How weird, she thought: Two Mexican restaurants, neither serving lunch on a normal Thursday.
But when she got home and read the New York Times, she realized today was not a normal Thursday.
It was “A Day Without Immigrants.”
The national campaign encouraged foreign-born people nationwide — regardless of legal status — to not work or shop today. The goal is to show the importance of their labor and spending to the U.S. economy.
When she realized what was happening, the Westport burrito-seeker’s mood turned from annoyance to understanding.
“This is an important point to make,” she says. “Our town relies heavily on immigrants who work in our stores, restaurants, lawn services, home improvement projects, etc., etc., etc.”
The Westporter offered to take photos of the closed stores. She headed out again.
She reported back: Chipotle is now open. They said they were closed earlier because of “broiler problems.”
But Border Grill is still closed.
Did you notice any local businesses that were closed today? Do you support or oppose the “Day Without Immigrants” campaign? Click “Comments” to share.