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Social media has long been a marketing tool for restaurants, but this week three Chicago-areas spots have drawn ire for their responses to the police brutality protests that have continued in Chicago, in all 50 states, and around the world. The owners of Steam Hollow Brewery, Spyners Pub, and Nini’s Deli find themselves in damage control mode after posts that disparaged the Black Lives Matter movement.
A few hospitality leaders across the country have expressed solidarity with those protesting the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. They’re pledging money to related causes, donating food, and working to examine the racist underpinnings of common industry practices. But others have enraged social media users after voicing opposition to the protests.
Over in Noble Square, Juan “Juany” Riesco, of family-owned cafe Nini’s Deli, went on a pro-police diatribe on Instagram Thursday while wearing a T-shirt with a crucifix patterned off the Chicago flag. He ripped the notion of defunding police. He equated African Americans and Aborigines in Australia to monkeys and said people “believing in evolution” somehow were racist. He also claims “Black Lives Matter kills more people than the Ku Klux Klan did, do you understand that?”
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