Big Sky Cafe closes for ‘Day Without Immigrants’

February 16, 2017

As part of a nationwide protest against United States President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, Big Sky Cafe in downtown San Luis Obispo is keeping its doors closed Thursday.

Greg Holt, co-owner of the restaurant, released a statement Wednesday saying it is necessary for his business to take part in the “Day Without Immigrants.” Holt said his staff is largely comprised of immigrants, and he has to do what he feels is right.

“In support of my largely immigrant staff at Big Sky Cafe, I have chosen to close tomorrow, February 16th, in support of ‘A day without immigrants. My people are just too important. As my wife reminded me, One Big Sky covers us all equally, we feel that staying open undermines that motto and everything Big Sky stands for,” Holt said in the statement. “We are nothing without our people.

“I know that a lot of people might not support this decision, my bankers and creditor included, but we just have to do what we feel is right. We apologize to all of our guests for any and all inconvenience. We will open again on Friday at 7:00 a.m. and hope we see you all there.”

Many business nationwide are remaining closed Thursday, while some others are contributing part of their proceeds from the day to pro-immigration groups. Likewise, many employees are skipping work and students are skipping class. Marches and other demonstrations are taking place, as well.







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53 Comments

  1. AGDUDE says:

    Whats wrong with people following our Laws , Be Here Legally.. What the hells wrong with these people … You can not sneak into Mexico .. You’ll be in Jail if they catch you..Mexico, has Very high standards Laws for you to stay in Mexico… Check out “FM 3 ” Look it up ..

    Most Folks Came to this country From another Land , Your welcome to come Just go by the Laws.. Whats hard about that..

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  2. shelworth says:

    I know I’m way late to this party but whatever happened to “E-verify”? I thought years ago employers were supposed to verify people as citizens before hiring them?

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  3. 2much says:

    Gus’s, Just down the street, WAY better!

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  4. DPINC says:

    Well it would appear that ICE now knows where to have lunch in SLO , I always thought it amusing that the SLO office for the Border Patrol was located in a farm field surrounded by illegal farm workers , just north of what used to be kimball chevrolet between madonna and los osos valley exits on 101 . There are people living all over the world drawing social security who were never citizens , some receiving benefits from people who died 20 years ago , because those people died while back in their home country . social security does not check age when sending out the money let alone citizenship . or even if they are alive !!! there are hundreds of scams being ran to receive free money from USA going on related to immigration . Why not come here apply for numerous grants, scholarships , student loans bank loans , mortgages etc . then take the money back home to another country . and live the good life ! I know of a few guys who used college loans to become rich , one bought 4 apartment complexes the rents paid his college fees he sold them a few years after college at a big profit ,,, it goes on and on ,, another re-loaned the money out at a higher rate the 18 percent interest made him alot of money he retired at 34 lives in mexico

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  5. Janster123 says:

    Thank-you Big Sky for standing up for the rich diversity of our country, and for helping to make the point that the dictator, trying to pretend he is our president, is an incompetent buffoon…. notice that the judicial system knocked down the Muslim ban and it looks like Trump may have his hands too full with Russian conspiracies. Thank goodness we have the news media who will investigate, find the truth, and keep this administration on the up and up.

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    • BeenThereDoneThat says:

      Where did it state Muslim ban? He was banning people coming in from seven countries. Please show where it said Muslim ban? BTW he isn’t first Prez. to do so.

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    • LAH says:

      Even Geraldo Rivera said this morning, ‘i have known Trump for 40 years, and he is NOT a racist!”
      Janster, you need to stop listening to the paranoid lefties. There is no Russian conspiracy. And Obama had already been deporting Mexicans for many years now. The Media is biased, so you will NOT get the truth. Investigate deep on your own, don’t depend on the media for your info. Trump hates them because of the lies, and they hate Trump….so Not a good source to find the truth. Don’t be so gullible. You are instigating hate and fear…find the truth about what Obama has already be doing with Illegals. NO one is against immigrants!!! No one is against Mexicans! But there is no other country in this world that will openly accept Criminals. WE are not talking about Muslims, Hispanics..we are talking about Criminals…have you actually listened or have you only depended on CNN to decipher? seems you are misguided.

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  6. dscar says:

    Greg Holt is my hero. His decision to close takes guts and courage. I will continue to support Big Sky and the talented staff there. Which is not difficult to do as the quality and flavors have always been outstanding.

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    • SLOBIRD says:

      Get real, his food is decent but certainly overprices and I am sure it is not because he is paying his staff much above minimum wage. Next, I find it interesting that Mr. Holt sent out a notice of his closing to all the news outlets. Guess he couldn’t do this on its merit, he really was seeking publicity which obviously was his motive.

      This is America, it is his business and he can do what he wants regardless of his motive. Me, when I heard on the news yesterday that he employed over 70% of his staff using immigrants, I would never step foot in their again. The food is definitely not that good! His business, my pocketbook!

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