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How Changes to U.S. Immigration Affects Pittsburgh's Restaurant Scene

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Tony Mao makes noodles at Everyday Noodles in Squirrel Hill. Image by Stephanie Chambers. United States, 2018.

Tony Mao makes noodles at Everyday Noodles in Squirrel Hill. Image by Stephanie Chambers. United States, 2018. 

Hand-pulling noodles is a coveted culinary craft that takes years to learn and even longer to master. The chefs are part athlete, part artist, and restaurants like Everyday Noodles in Squirrel Hill need immigrants to make their business model work. 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette food writer and restaurant critic Melissa McCart found that Trump administration restrictions to the H-1B visa program have made it much harder to employ hand-pullers. She’s joined by immigration attorney Ellen Freeman to talk about both the series, which was sponsored by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, as well the broader issues facing would-be visa recipients in Pittsburgh.