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De Blasio Calls on New Yorkers to Join in Chipotle Boycott Over Alleged Labor Violations

Plus, the city announces an upgrade to its Open Streets program — and more intel

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the rally against Chipotle’s violations of the NYC Fair Workweek Law on Madison Square Park.
Mayor Bill de Blasio at a rally yesterday in Madison Square Park
Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images
Erika Adams is the editor of Eater Boston.

Mayor Bill de Blasio vows to boycott Chipotle at Wednesday rally

Mayor Bill de Blasio joined members of the city’s largest service workers union, 32BJ, in a rally on Wednesday at Madison Square Park in which he vowed to boycott burrito chain Chipotle — and encouraged all New Yorkers to do the same — due to poor working conditions at NYC shops.

“We don’t want your burritos,” de Blasio said at the rally. “We don’t want your rice and beans. We just want you to give dignity to working people and stop this madness. If you break the law, we will get you. We will stop you. But otherwise, I’m not going near a Chipotle. I don’t think anyone else should, too.”

The mayor’s public demonstration underscores the city’s efforts to crack down on Chipotle over alleged disregard of recently-enacted legislation, the Fair Workweek law, which was supported by 32BJ and offers greater labor protections to hourly employees in NYC. The city sued the chainagain — in April over an alleged slew of violations of the law, including pushing last-minute schedule shifts without extra pay and requiring employees to work back-to-back schedules without additional compensation or time off.

In other news

— Inday owner Basu Ratnam is starting up a delivery-only venture called Proper Indian where he will focus on Indian-American fare that he grew up with, including chicken tikka masala, saag paneer, and tandoori chicken.

— The mayor announced an expansion to the Open Streets program yesterday called Open Boulevards, which designates longer stretches of roadways that will be closed off to car traffic mostly on the weekends for outdoor dining and other activities. The full list of streets designated for Open Boulevards is here.

— Buzzy Indonesian upstart Kaki Lima will be popping up at Mad Tropical in Bushwick this weekend, from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The pop-up menu includes ketoprak, with tofu, rice cakes, and vermicelli in a tamarind peanut sauce, and pepes ikan, featuring grilled salmon belly marinated in spices including lemon basil, turmeric, galangal, and wrapped in a banana leaf.

— On Wednesday, the City Council passed a law mandating that NYC restaurants and bars cannot offer plastic straws to customers, although they must keep them in stock for customers with disabilities who request to use the straws. Plastic stirrers are completely banned.

— A look inside the Butterbeer Bar at the Harry Potter store in Flatiron, opening on June 3.

— Just wait until Open Boulevards gets underway: