Dining With Denise Neil

Wichita Mexican restaurants close in support of immigration protest

El Patio is one of several Wichita restaurants closed today in support of the nationwide “Day Without Immigrants” protest.
El Patio is one of several Wichita restaurants closed today in support of the nationwide “Day Without Immigrants” protest. Wichita Eagle

Several Wichita Mexican restaurants are participating in the nationwide “Day Without Immigrants” walk-out by closing their doors for the day.

Many announced on their Facebook pages Thursday morning that they would close for the day to support the movement, intended to illustrate the impact immigrants have on the U.S. economy and way of life.

El Patio at 424 W. Central is one of them.

“Today we stand with immigrants,” the restaurant’s post on Facebook read. “We will stand in solidarity and join them. Without immigrants, America would not be what it is today.”

Casa Del Charro at 2227 N. Arkansas also is closed, as are both of Wichita’s Rene’s, at 677 Eisenhower and 9310 W. Central.

El Rancho, which has restaurants at 2801 N. Broadway and at 1601 W. Pawnee, also is closed. Its Facebook page features a poster with a closed fist that reads, “My business supports One Day Without Immigrants.” The poster also makes the announcement in Spanish.

“Day Without Immigrants” protests are planned in cities across the country. Participants have said they are organizing in response to the White House’s pledge to increase deportation of immigrants living illegally in the United States.

Also closed on Thursday: Lina's Mexican Restaurant at 3570 N. Woodlawn; Mexico Viejo, 6960 W. 21st St.; Taco Fajita, 1004 S. Meridian; Anahuac Tortilleria, 2792 S. Seneca; Gorditas Durango, 527 W. 13th St.; Juarez Bakery, 2209 S. Seneca and 1068 N. Waco; and Los Compadres Mexican Grill, 3302 W. Central.

Know of any other Wichita restaurants closing for the day? E-mail me at dneil@wichitaeagle.com

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