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19 Chicago Restaurants Continue Donation Drive for Domestic Violence Victims

Customers can donate money and items at participating locations for survivors

The entrance to Cherry Circle Room inside the Chicago Athletic Association hotel has plenty of historic wood paneling, wooden furniture, drim lighting, and the logo on the floor.
Cherry Circle Room is among the participants.
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A campaign started by workers in Chicago’s food and beverage sector to raise money and items like clothing, toiletries, and other personal goods for domestic violence shelters continues through Thursday. The organizers, the same folks behind May’s domestic violence fundraiser (which generated more than $18,000), now want to increase the number of beds for domestic violence survivors at shelters. The effort carries on as Chicago’s City Council considers a proposal to raise the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers, something supporters of the measure say would make restaurant employees less vulnerable to workplace abuse.

Donation drive organizer Daniella Caruso has brought together 19 restaurants and bars to serve as drop-off points for items domestic violence survivors need. See a full list of needed items here. They’ll donate the items to Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC), the group Caruso partnered with in the spring for the Chicago Industry Night For Domestic Violence fundraiser. Restaurants participating in the donation drive include Bayan Ko in Ravenswood, both Parsons Chicken & Fish locations Logan Square and Lincoln Park, and Longman & Eagle in Logan Square. The restaurants will serve as drop-off points until the end of the month, which is Thursday. For a full map, click here. Customers can also leave money donations. Folks can also visit CAWC’s Amazon wishlist to buy items for donation.

It’s thrilling to meet other restaurant industry members who are interested in curbing domestic violence, Caruso said. Sharing educational materials and making friends make the campaign worthwhile.

CAWC’s Executive Director Stephanie Love-Patterson said that Chicago does not have enough beds for domestic violence victims in shelters. About one-third of women in America say they’ve experienced domestic violence. Three million people live in Chicago, and shelters and other centers have only 150 total beds reserved for domestic violence victims. That math doesn’t add up for Caruso, who said the big stumbling block is a lack of shelters and no money to build new ones. Caruso made buttons with “150” for servers to wear to call awareness to the shortage.

Houndstooth Saloon in Wrigleyville is holding a fundraiser on Tuesday night and donating 10 percent of the day’s sales to CAWC. Owner TJ Callanta is a restaurant veteran who managed Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’s Summer House Santa Monica in Lincoln Park before last year taking over Houndstooth. He’s seen domestic violence affect friends and family. Particularly, he wants men to be more accountable and to take a proactive role. Silence feeds into the culture, he said.

“We’re always taught at a very young age to not show your emotion,” Callanta said. “You don’t really talk about the issue at hand.”

The industry needs to end the days of chefs throwing plates and yelling at kitchen staff. That type of abuse just opens the door to other forms, Callanta added.

Lorraine Nguyen, a sous chef at Cherry Circle Room in the Loop, has seen her restaurant participate in the campaign. Nguyen talked about how it’s difficult to speak out against abuse when it could cost someone their job. A former Lettuce Entertain You worker accused the company of firing her for coming forward with allegations, for example. She filed a lawsuit earlier in October.

Some restaurant owners are afraid of ruining their customers’s comfort with flyers that support political causes. Domestic violence isn’t a political matter, Nguyen pointed out, adding that restaurants can also be places that bring people together with a common cause.

“I think that restaurants have more responsibilities to communities than we would like to admit,” Nguyen said.

Read the full list of participants below.

  1. Funkenhausen
  2. Bayan Ko
  3. Temporis
  4. Longman & Eagle
  5. Lonesome Rose
  6. Parson’s Chicken & Fish (Logan Square)
  7. Parson’s Chicken & Fish (Lincoln Park)
  8. Lost Lake
  9. Cherry Circle Room
  10. The Hideout
  11. Maplewood Brewery & Distillery
  12. Volo Restaurant Wine Bar
  13. Split-Rail
  14. Table, Donkey and Stick
  15. Queen Mary
  16. Houndstooth Saloon
  17. Landbirds
  18. Spilt Milk
  19. Bite Cafe

Lonesome Rose

2101 North California Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 770-3414 Visit Website

Bayan ko

1810 West Montrose Avenue, , IL 60613 (773) 698-6373 Visit Website

Table, Donkey and Stick

2728 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (773) 486-8525 Visit Website

The Hideout

1354 West Wabansia Avenue, , IL 60642 (773) 227-4433 Visit Website

Funkenhausen

1709 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60622 (312) 929-4727 Visit Website

Longman & Eagle

2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 773 276 7110 Visit Website

Split-Rail

2500 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 697-4413 Visit Website

Cherry Circle Room

12 South Michigan Avenue, , IL 60603 (312) 792-3515 Visit Website

Temporis

933 North Ashland Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 697-4961 Visit Website

Spilt Milk

103 South Oak Park Avenue, , IL 60302 (708) 613-4403 Visit Website

Houndstooth Saloon

3369 North Clark Street, , IL 60657 (773) 244-1166 Visit Website

Queen Mary

2125 West Division Street, , IL 60622 (773) 697-3522 Visit Website

Volo Restaurant Wine Bar

2008 West Roscoe Street, , IL 60618 (773) 348-4600 Visit Website

Lost Lake

3154 West Diversey Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 293-6048 Visit Website

Summer House Santa Monica

1954 North Halsted Street, , IL 60614 (773) 634-4100 Visit Website

Maplewood Brewery & Distillery

2717 North Maplewood Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 270-1061 Visit Website

Landbirds

2532 North California Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 697-7107 Visit Website

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