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Torchy’s & More Houston Eateries Close After Employees Join ‘A Day Without Immigrants’ Strike [UPDATED]

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The Heights taco shop was too understaffed to stay open

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Amy McCarthy is a reporter at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

Today, restaurants across the country have closed their doors as part of “A Day Without Immigrants,” where immigrant employees in all industries are striking in protest of President Trump’s anti-immigrant policies. Not surprisingly, at least a few Houston restaurants are participating in the strike.

“A Day Without Immigrants” hasn’t been as big in Houston’s restaurant scene as it has other cities, like Austin, where several eateries closed their doors in solidarity with the protests, but a few short-staffed restaurants in Houston have also been forced to shut down business for the day.

A post to the Facebook page for Torchy’s Tacos in the Heights announced earlier this morning that the outpost would be forced to close due to limited staffing, which caused a comment explosion from its fans, both praising the restaurant’s employees and criticizing them.

Check out the full post below:

KHOU also reports that Pollo Bravo on Richmond Ave has closed its doors in solidarity with the protest. Scope out this photo of the sign posted to the restaurant’s window announcing its participation:

We’ll keep updating this post as restaurants get ready to open (or not) for dinner service this evening. If you have intel on any restaurant closures, email the tipline at

UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: Via Twitter, Houston food truck Copa Coffee & Food is staying put today to participate in the protest. A post to Tacos A Go Go’s Facebook page also indicates that a number of the restaurant’s staff members participated in today’s protest, resulting in the chain making the decision to close all locations.

Some Houston businesses closed on 'Day Without Immigrants' [KHOU]