—Today marks one of the most divisive and controversial presidential inaugurations in American history and many Chicagoans might need a place to drink and avoid the event that’s happening in D.C. To that end, Hopleaf, the iconic Andersonville craft beer bar and Belgian eatery, has declared its TV-less space a "Trump-free zone" and is donating 10 percent of today’s sales to Planned Parenthood. It will also help the Sierra Club, the ACLU, The Union of Concerned Scientists and immigrant rights groups in the future. Meanwhile, Lady Gregory’s down the street will also donate part of today’s proceeds to Equality Illinois, Chicago House & Social Service Agency, and Planned Parenthood.
—Following last week’s employee walkout-fueled closure of all 10 Bow Truss Coffee Roasters locations in response to bounced checks and other issues, owner Phil Tadros is starting to reopen the "most profitable" shops "slow and steady," beginning with the 190 S. LaSalle St. store that reopened yesterday, DNAinfo first reported, along with an employee statement that says in part that "we believed that the only chance for a successful future for Bow Truss could not include Tadros or his team." Meanwhile, Tadros lashed out at prospective buyer Marcus Lemonis over their failed deal for the chain, telling Crain’s that "he used the staff as pawns to steal the company and then pointed the finger at me."
—Dixie, Charlie McKenna’s chef-driven southern-inspired restaurant in Bucktown, has quietly begun Sunday brunch service. The menu includes intriguing savory dishes such as "Succo-Hash" and smoked trout toast, as well as more classic southern dishes, and sandwiches. Read it in full below.
—Santullo’s Eatery, the New York-style pizza place on North Avenue in Wicker Park, has been suddenly closed for a few days, yet owner Sean Mulroney (who also owns Double Door around the corner) says it’s to "give the old girl a facelift" since it’s been open for 15 years now. There’s no official reopening date yet.
—Meanwhile, a Jamaican-inspired restaurant in Edgewater has been closed and may not reopen. DNAinfo reports that Jerky Jerk, 1217 W. Devon Ave., closed on Jan. 5 after a health inspector shut it down for multiple critical violations including a "rodent infestation" and the owner says he’s "not sure if we’re going to open back up."
—And finally, John Manion’s ever-popular first restaurant, La Sirena Clandestina on Fulton Market, no longer serves its most popular dish — empanadas. The restaurant has replaced the item with pastels, the Brazilian fried savory pie, which chef de cuisine Eric Michael stuffs with shrimp, hearts of palm, catupiry cheese, refodgado, chicory, and guava.