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Anti-Sexual Harassment Activists Disrupted Dinner Service at The Purple Pig

Plus, Andersonville business owners saved a longtime North Side LGBTQ bar and more intel

Purple Pig
The Purple Pig has been the target of protests both outside and inside
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

— Protests have been occurring outside uber-popular Mag Mile restaurant The Purple Pig since an ex-busboy leveled sexual harassment complaints in late August. But on Wednesday evening the protests went inside the restaurant, where a group of 10 activists who initially appeared to be patrons disrupted dinner service by voicing a variety of demands to management about sexual harassment policies and other workplace issues before marching and chanting throughout the restaurant and being asked to leave. The protest was captured on video on the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos Facebook page. The Tribune first reported the protest and another statement from The Purple Pig, which in part said that management “kindly asked them to leave” and reiterated the restaurant’s zero-tolerance policy for harassment and discrimination. Check out the video of the incident below.

— Longtime Rogers Park LGBTQ bar The Jackhammer was reportedly close to closing but was saved this week when the owners of The SoFo Tap and Meeting House Tavern purchased it this week, according to reports by The Windy City Times and

— Xing Ying Employment Agency, one of the Chinatown spots that allegedly exploit undocumented Latino restaurant workers, will shut down by court order, the Sun-Times reports.

Bloomberg delves into the decline of processed American cheese and quotes a few Chicago restaurant owners about why they no longer use it.

— And finally, popular reborn Portage Park spot Fischman Public House & Bottle Shop now serves rotating brunch buffets on Sundays. They cost $15 for adults and $7 for kids 5-12 and include bottomless mimosas for an extra $15.

Fischman Public House

4058 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60641 (773) 867-6300 Visit Website

The Purple Pig

444 Michigan Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 464-1744 Visit Website

Meeting House Tavern

5025 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640 Visit Website