Ina Pinkney

When restaurateur Ina Pinkney heads to that big breakfast nook in the sky, she wants to be remembered by Chicagoans for two things: "How much I loved feeding them—and the smoking ban." Then she wants her ashes made into fireworks and shot high into the air.<br>
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That's Pinkney in a nutshell (or should it be bombshell?). Doting earth mama on one hand, energetic activist on the other, and both sides expressed with an entrepreneurial flair born out of a need to love others.<br>
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Pinkney explains why she has worked so tirelessly to offer the best at Ina's, her restaurant: "I want to feed you nourishing food in a nourishing environment."<br>
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Pinkney strives to reach out beyond her restaurant to nourish, literally and figuratively. Getting a smoking ban enacted in the city's restaurants is a point of considerable pride. She also not only barred artificial trans fats from her restaurant but also testified before the New York City Board of Health, which passed that city's trans fat ban.<br>
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Now, as co-founder of the Chicago Green Restaurant Co-op, which seeks to buy sustainable products for restaurants and supports eco-friendly business practices, she's seeking to make Chicago a "greener" place.<br>
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<em class="i">Ina's, 1235 W. Randolph St., 312-226-8227</em>

( Bonnie Trafelet/Tribune / November 4, 2008 )

When restaurateur Ina Pinkney heads to that big breakfast nook in the sky, she wants to be remembered by Chicagoans for two things: "How much I loved feeding them—and the smoking ban." Then she wants her ashes made into fireworks and shot high into the air.

That's Pinkney in a nutshell (or should it be bombshell?). Doting earth mama on one hand, energetic activist on the other, and both sides expressed with an entrepreneurial flair born out of a need to love others.

Pinkney explains why she has worked so tirelessly to offer the best at Ina's, her restaurant: "I want to feed you nourishing food in a nourishing environment."

Pinkney strives to reach out beyond her restaurant to nourish, literally and figuratively. Getting a smoking ban enacted in the city's restaurants is a point of considerable pride. She also not only barred artificial trans fats from her restaurant but also testified before the New York City Board of Health, which passed that city's trans fat ban.

Now, as co-founder of the Chicago Green Restaurant Co-op, which seeks to buy sustainable products for restaurants and supports eco-friendly business practices, she's seeking to make Chicago a "greener" place.



Ina's, 1235 W. Randolph St., 312-226-8227

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