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Ina Pinkney
Friday, May 12
Documentary “Breakfast at Ina’s”

Conversation with Ina following viewing.

Ina Pinkney, known as Chicago’s “Breakfast Queen,” is poised to become a movie queen of sorts when a new feature-length documentary titled “Breakfast at Ina’s” got its world premiere at the 2013 Chicago International Film Festival.

Pinkney, 72, has long been a public figure in Chicago. With some 33 years in the restaurant business, there are many people who think they know her. And they do, but do they know the whole story? Probably not.

The movie, created by director Mercedes Kane for Daisy May films, chronicles the last month of Pinkney’s iconic restaurant, Ina’s, which closed Dec. 31, 2013. The documentary catches the fanfare, the media attention and the testimonials that the countdown to that final day sparked. It also explores the why behind the closing: Pinkney’s struggle with the effects of late-stage polio.