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Chipotle Workers Strike in Queens Over Lost Wages From Hurricane Ida Closure

Plus, an Eastern European pop-up looks to expand — and more intel

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Chipotle workers in Elmhurst, Queens allege the Mexican restaurant chain refused to pay them during a temporary closure due to Hurricane Ida.
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Chipotle workers in Elmhurst, Queens are staging a walkout, alleging that they were denied wages during a temporary store closure following Hurricane Ida. Backed by local 32BJ, the city’s largest union of service workers, employees of the Mexican food chain have formed a picket line at the entrance of Queens Center shopping mall to strike from 11 a.m. onward October 1. Those in attendance say the Mexican food chain was closed for more than a week after the hurricane flooded the mall’s food count, leaving staff without pay.

A representative for the 32BJ says the company can afford to compensate employees even if they are not legally required to do so. Chipotle brought in $6 billion in revenue last year, according to the labor union, and more than doubled CEO Brian Niccol’s pay from $16 million in 2019 to $38 million. Eater has reached out to Chipotle for more information on the walkout.

Dacha 46 launches Kickstarter to open a commercial kitchen

A year after launching Dacha 46 out of their Bed-Stuy apartment, chefs Jessica and Trina Quinn are looking to expand their popular Eastern European pop-up. A Kickstarter campaign launched by the couple seeks to raise $43,300 to secure a lease on a commercial kitchen space and turn their business into a full-scale catering and events company. “Our catering company would offer full service event catering, chefs tastings, intimate dinners, chef collaborations, cooking classes and weekly delivery services to all of NYC and the surrounding areas,” the fundraiser promises.

Chinatown’s famed scallion pancake burrito could finally be yours

Skip the month-long waitlist for the scallion pancake burritos at Forsyth Fire Escape by visiting the team at Lower East Side bar Pretty Ricky’s on October 10. The Chinatown pop-up — which previously operated out of an actual fire escape on Forsyth Street, and has been inundated with pre-orders ever since — will be making 100 burritos as part of an event that also includes drinks, music, and lots of chile oil.

Democratic hopefuls eat pancakes, not cheesecake, at Junior’s

Gov. Kathy Hochul and other gubernatorial hopefuls convened at Junior’s Cheesecake as part of a Democratic fundraiser on Thursday morning. “This is all about pancakes and politics this morning,” said attorney general Leticia James, also in attendance. “More on the politics less on the pancakes.”

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