February 17 It wasn’t long into Thursday night’s dinner service at the Bloomingdale pub Boundary Stone before Colin McDonough forgot to fire up a customer’s order of wings.
“Fire the fry cook,” joked Gareth Croke, who was flipping burgers nearby.
Croke can’t fire McDonough, though: The two are co-owners of the restaurant, and they stepped in to cook when almost all of their kitchen staff took a paid day of leave to participate in the nationwide “A Day Without Immigrants” strike. It was McDonough’s first time working the line. He already knew how valuable his employees are, but their absence drove the point home even harder.
“Honestly, without immigrants, the restaurant industry wouldn’t exist,” he said.