Restaurants in Burien go dark in solidarity with ‘Day Without Immigrants’
On Thursday, Feb. 16, you may have noticed that your favorite Mexican – or minority owned – restaurant(s) in Burien were closed, making it tough to get your favorite authentic taco or burrito.
That’s because local restaurant owners turned off their lights and shuttered their doors in solidarity with Thursday’s national “Day Without Immigrants” protest against the Trump administration’s policies toward them.
Of Burien’s 50,467 residents, 36.5 percent are minorities, with nearly 21 percent identifying as Hispanic or Latino.
And just over 32 percent of all businesses in Burien – 1,193 – are minority-owned, according to the US Census Bureau.
Here are photos showing just a few of the ones that were closed in Burien Thursday (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):
Taqueria El Rinconsito on Ambaum & SW 151st Street:
Taqueria La Estacion (14820 Ambaum Blvd SW):
Burger Broiler (119 SW 148th Street; same owners as El Rinconsito):
Tienda La Victoria (14900 Ambaum Blvd SW):
The protest called for immigrants – whether naturalized citizens or undocumented – to stay home from work or school, close businesses and refrain from shopping.
While there was no known national group behind the protest, it was heavily shared on social media.