La Contenta Owner Luis Arce Mota Talks About a “Day Without Immigrants”

Luis Arce Mota. Photo by Alex M. Smith, 2015.

Luis Arce Mota. Photo by Alex M. Smith, 2015.

Several Lower East Side restaurants participated in yesterday’s, “A Day Without Immigrants,” a protest of Donald Trump’s policies and vitriol. One local business that attracted a lot of national attention for its decision to close for the day was Norfolk Street’s La Contenta.

Co-owner Luis Arce-Mota talked to several news organizations about his decision to take part in the national boycott. A sign posted in the window of the restaurant read, “We stand 100% with our team.” Mota told the Associated Press, “Everyone in the restaurant is an immigrant, so we have a duty to close.”  He added, “Without them we are nothing.”

La Contenta opened two years ago at 102 Norfolk St. In an interview with The Lo-Down in 2015, Mota talked about his roots. Originally from Mazatlán, Mexico, he moved to this country in 1992. Mota, a longtime resident of the Seward Park Cooperative, is now an American citizen.

You can watch the AP interview below and, by all means, pay a visit to La Contenta if you haven’t already. It’s a great restaurant, one of our favorites in the neighborhood.