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Plus, paid sick leave proposal moves forward and Boystown bars are raising money for Orlando victims

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Parlor Pizza Bar in the West Loop
Parlor Pizza Bar in the West Loop
Marc Much

Parlor Pizza Bar in the West Loop reportedly denied a man from entering the restaurant and bar because his pants were "too street," according to multiple reports, citing the establishment's evening dress code. But the man says he was wearing $250 designer tailored wool pants and has filed a racial discrimination complaint. Parlor issued a statement saying the incident was "in no way discrimination," that customers "must respect our policies," and that they "take these situations very seriously."

Forbidden Root, the hot botanical brewpub on Chicago Avenue, is launching lunch service on Monday. Expect a burger with giardiniera mayo, mushroom grilled cheese, some interesting bar snacks and more on the menu.

—A Chicago City Council committee on Thursday approved a proposal that will grant paid sick leave to around 460,000 workers, including many in the restaurant and bar industry, NBC5 reports. Under the proposal, which heads to a full City Council vote next week, workers can accrue up to five sick days every 12 months. The move elicited cheers from workers and concerns from some owners, including Ald. Tom Tunney, who owns the Ann Sather restaurants.

—13 bars on Boystown's Halsted Street strip today are raising money to contribute to a crowdfunding campaign for victims of the mass shooting in Orlando's Pulse nightclub, according to Time Out Chicago. That campaign has raised more than $5 million to date.

Nomad Food Company, a mobile wood-fired pizza operation you may have seen at Green City Market, is temporarily taking over the former Johnny Casserole space at 4019 N. Damen, the Tribune reports. They're not planning a full restaurant there, however, as they'll mostly use it for Monday pizza events and prep.

Eataly Chicago is holding an outdoor Italian street fest today and tomorrow, with a beer tent, 15 food "carts" serving baked sandwiches, fried risotto balls and more. Tickets are available here.

Parlor Pizza Bar

, Chicago, IL 60622

Eataly Chicago

43 East Ohio Street, , IL 60611 (312) 521-8700 Visit Website

Johnny Casserole

4019 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (773) 857-2665 Visit Website

Forbidden Root

1746 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622 (312) 929-2202 Visit Website

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