—Durty Nellie’s, a questionably-named bar and eatery in suburban Palatine, made a highly-questionable decision last week to promote a "Build-A-Wall" burger special with "amazing Mexican ingredients" and Donald Trump’s silhouettes with brick wall patterns. After the predictable backlash, the bar removed the promotion from its Facebook page, apologized in another Facebook post—which has also been removed—which in part read that "it was our lame attempt at humor and an attempt to put a little levity in such trying times that severely backfired." Owner Mark Dolezal told the Tribune that he was out when the promotion went live, that "his chef thought it would be funny, and his marketing staff agreed," and apologized again. Check out a screengrab of the promotion below.
—Line-inducing Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee is now serving breakfast at its city location inside Seafood City at 5033 N. Elston Ave. The morning offerings, which of course are named Breakfast Joys, include corned beef, sweet pork, beef tenders or pork sausage with egg and rice.
—Bow Truss Coffee Roasters River North, at 406 N. Wells St., is back open, owner Phil Tadros says, following the local chain’s employee walkout-fueled mass shutter more than two weeks ago. The 190 S. LaSalle St. store reopened on Jan. 19, yet eight locations remained closed.
—Chicago restaurants and bars are bracing for Donald Trump’s proposed 20 percent tax on Mexican imports to fund his proposed Mexican wall, a tariff that would raise prices of avocados, Mexican beer, tequila, peppers, cilantro, and other goods and produce pertaining to the restaurant and bar industries. Big Star chef de cuisine Julie Warpinski tells the Tribune that the ever-bustling Wicker Park bar and taqueria would need to raise prices, which could "result in a loss of business, as would many Chicago restaurants." Similarly, the operations manager of AMK Kitchen Bar tells the Sun-Times that restaurants could raise prices by as much as 30 percent and that the tariff would make it harder for independent restaurants to compete with chains. The president of Testa produce tells the Trib that the tax "would be a disaster for the entire food industry."
—Popular Mexican food truck Jaime’s Food Stand was involved in a "terrible accident" on Saturday night that totaled the vehicle and injured Jaime and his wife, Mariela. You can help them to get the truck back on the road by donating to its GoFundMe account, which has so far raised $1,205 out of a $10,000 goal in around one day. Check out a photo of the accident below.
—And finally, Lost Lake sold its 250,000th cocktail in just over two years in business this weekend, which a Facebook post computes as an amazing 1.75 drinks a minute. Check out a photo of Paul McGee and the customer who ordered its quarter-millionth cocktail, which was a daily daiquiri, below.