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Mar 15, 2017 @ 11:32

Chefs Struggle Over Whether to Serve Up Politics

Meredith Coulson is trying to decide whether to hang up a sign declaring that the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek, Wis., is a sanctuary restaurant.

Her family’s lodge, which opened 121 years ago on the shores of Green Bay, is known for its cherry-stuffed French toast and whitefish boils. She is not sure she wants it to also be known for its politics.

Sanctuary restaurants are not like sanctuary cities, which have laws to protect undocumented immigrants. Joining the sanctuary restaurant movement doesn’t mean much more than taking a pledge to prohibit harassment based on factors like religion, sexual orientation or immigration status.

Although the Mexican members of her staff are legal immigrants, she said, they fear that if they travel home they may be detained — or worse.

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“I feel bad that half the people who work here have to worry about their safety and well-being,” Ms. Coulson said. “That doesn’t seem right to us.”



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