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Men's Rights Group Unwelcome At Suburban Chicago Italian Restaurant

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The owner of the Homewood restaurant has called for a police presence.

Ballagio Ristorante
Ballagio Ristorante
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

A restaurant in south suburban Chicago isn't thrilled to be chosen as a gathering spot Saturday for a group which purportedly is pushing for men's rights (at a woman's expense). The owner of Balagio Ristorante told Chicagoist that he's requested a police presence from the village, as the so-called activists plan to gather in the restaurant's parking lot on Saturday night.

Balagio owner Mike Galderio fears he won't be able to identify regular customers with members of the group, and he wants nothing to do with them, saying their agenda —which include the legalization of "rape on private property"— is "sickening."

The men's group plans to meet for 20 minutes at the restaurant's parking lot before moving to a second spot. Galderio, who had never heard of the group until this week, also told Chicagoist he would refuse service to any group members.

Balagio Ristorante and Banquets

17501 Dixie Hwy, Homewood, IL 60430 (708) 957-1650 Visit Website