"The Breakfast Queen" of Chicago is hanging up her spatula, and new owners will replace her rolling pins with deep dish pizza pans. Pinkney, in a long goodbye profile piece in the Tribune, announces her plans to close the restaurant and retire at the end of the year. But she has already sold the space to a concept that is a huge departure from the high-profile chef-driven Randolph Row restaurants—Lou Malnati's. The pizza chain plans to open local location number 37 at 1235 W Randolph by next summer, Chicago Real Estate Daily reports.
Rumors of Pinkney's retirement have been floating for a couple years, but she decided, after 33 years, that now is finally the time. She'll release her cookbook "Taste Memories" at the end of September.
Malnati's, on the other hand, hopes to bring a family option to the West Loop, an area increasingly saturated with condos, strollers, and young families. Stop in before New Year's to say goodbye to Ina's and then get ready for Malnati's to move in next summer.
· Ina Pinkney retiring after 33 years, closing Ina's [Tribune]
· Ina Pinkney sells restaurant to Lou Malnati's [CRED]
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