A famous New York City restaurant mogul is closing two restaurants located in a hotel after city officials turned the landmark facility into a migrant shelter.
Danny Meyer owns both Maialino and Marta, which are fixtures in Manhattan’s Redbury Hotel. His Union Square Hospitality Group is shuttering the establishments on Aug. 25.
The Redbury was reimagined as a migrant shelter in early August by NYC’s Democratic leadership in response to the spiraling migrant crisis the city is buckling under. About 100 families were moved into the four-star facility.
Approximately 100,000 illegal migrants have converged onto the city since the spring of 2022. President Joe Biden’s open border policies are crippling the so-called “sanctuary” city as leaders beg Washington for relief.
The restaurant group cited the lack of event spaces and the hotel bar no longer being available for use by patrons. In a statement, it explained “the viability of our business relies significantly on hotel-related [food and beverage] operations.”
Incredibly, the Union Square Hospitality Group declared its support for the hotel’s transition into a migrant shelter.
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The group said, “We remain fully supportive of the Redbury’s initiative and will continue advocating for policy change that expedites work permits for asylum seekers.”
That does precious little for workers who must seek employment elsewhere.
New Yorkers are increasingly frustrated with the city’s red carpet approach that puts illegal migrants ahead of U.S. citizens. And Democratic Mayor Eric Adams is the primary target of residents who see illegals receiving the lion’s share of civil services.
The establishment of a “tent city” at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens brought out protesters carrying signs and chanting. Adams was greeted with “No Tent City” and “One-Term Mayor” when he visited for a civic event.
Even then, he attempted to deflect blame for “the mess I inherited.”
One protester was Phil Orenstein of the Queens Village Republican Club. He told Adams that “people are devastated. The idea of bringing 1,000 single, able-bodied migrants right into our neighborhood. There’s no curfew. They’re unvetted. What diseases do they have? Who are they?”
Adams, of course, had no legitimate answer.