Ekiben, an Asian fusion restaurant in Fells Point, is planning a pop-up with Cocina Luchadoras, the Baltimore restaurant whose owner said she received death threats over an anti-Donald Trump poster.
Ekiben, an Asian fusion restaurant in Fells Point, is planning a pop-up with Cocina Luchadoras, the Baltimore restaurant whose owner said she received death threats over an anti-Donald Trump poster. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)

Customers aren’t the only ones showing support for Cocina Luchadoras after the Baltimore restaurant’s owner said she received a death threat over a anti-Trump poster. Fellow restaurateurs are speaking out as well.

Ekiben, known for its steamed bun sandwiches and other Asian fusion fare, posted a heartfelt message of support for the Mexican street food eatery — and announced the two restaurants will be teaming up for a onetime pop up.

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“The Ekiben family wants to put this out there: Threats of violence against businesses who choose to express themselves genuinely and honestly will not fly here. Not in Baltimore; not in our neighborhood,” Ekiben wrote on its social media channels.

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The pop-up event will feature a custom menu created by Ekiben co-owner Steve Chu and Cocina Luchadoras owner Rosalyn Vera, blending the two restaurants’ cuisines. It will take place from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 4 at Ekiben, 1622 Eastern Ave.

If the success of Ekiben’s recent pop-up collaboration with Remington taqueria Clavel is any indication, you’ll want to get there early. The restaurant apparently sold out of food during lunch.

“The freedom for a business to express itself regardless of how different or controversial (unless it's hateful and discriminatory) its opinions may be is a valuable and delicate thing and is worth making a raucous about once in a while,” the post announcing the latest pop-up venture read. “We at Ekiben honestly believe that.”

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We’re gonna take the caps lock off for a sec. Last week the owner of Cocina Luchadoras, Rosalyn Vera, received personal death threats and threats to her business because of a political poster she had in her restaurant. Rosalyn and her family have been friends and neighbors to Ekiben since before Luchadoras opened. Their burritos fuel our staff on a nearly weekly basis and Rosalyn is a kind, warm and gracious person. On top of that, her food is 🔥🔥🔥 The Ekiben fam wants to put this out there: Threats of violence against businesses who choose to express themselves genuinely and honestly will not fly here. Not in Baltimore; not in our neighborhood. As long as a business is not hurting or discriminating against anyone, a business owner's political or cultural leanings should not subject them to threats to their lives and well-being. As funny looking, no-name dudes selling meatballs out of a hot dog cart, we were not cool four years ago. All we had was the food we loved and our smiles. Even so, @fellspointfarmersmarket believed in us enough to not turn us away because of our differences—the trap music we blasted at 9 AM, the funky words on our menu and our desire to express ourselves and our cultures. The end result: Bmore showed up and supported us in ridiculous numbers because 1) we were different and authentic and 2) the city was open and loving enough to allow us to be who we are. Ekiben is honest and quirky in a way that we believe is uniquely Baltimorean. This is because Baltimoreans recognize realness and authenticity over everything and Baltimoreans see the value in our differences. The freedom for a business to express itself regardless of how different or controversial (unless it's hateful or discriminatory) its opinions may be is a valuable and delicate thing and is worth making a raucous about once in a while. We at Ekiben honestly believe that. *Steps down off soap box, clicks Caps Lock* AND THAT’S WHY WE’RE HOSTING THE COCINA LUCHADORAS FAM FOR A ONE-TIME ONLY LUNCH POP-UP ON MARCH 4TH. YA’LL AIN’T READY FOR WHAT WE'VE GOT PLANNED. IT'S A NEIGHBORHOOD OF EPIC PROPORTIONS; MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW.

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