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‘Nono’s Deli’ Parody Food Truck Raises Nearly $11,000 For My Block, My Hood, My City, Center On Halsted

The food truck fundraiser was a direct response to Nini's Deli owner Juan Riesco's homophonic and anti-Black Lives Matter rhetoric.

Nono's Deli food truck raised nearly $11,000 for charity June 19-20, 2020.
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WEST TOWN — The Nono’s Deli food truck, a parody of the closed Nini’s Deli, raised $10,884 over the weekend for two Chicago charities.

Proceeds will be split equally between Chicago organizations My Block, My Hood ,My City, a group focused on Black and Brown youth, and Center on Halsted, the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ organization. 

Of the nearly $11,000 raised, $518 represents credit card fees donated by Cash Drop, the payment processing service once used by Nini’s.

Event organizers initially came up with the idea to parody Nini’s Deli as a joke, said co-organizer Jared Bobo, owner of Chicago marketing company Like Food

Credit: Justin Laurence / Provided
Nono’s Deli food truck raised nearly $11,000 for charity June 19-20, 2020.

Chef Danny Espinoza, of Cantina Laredo and Santa Mesa, made an array of empanadas and sandwiches ranging from $5-$12.

Dark Matter Coffee supplied a speciality cafe con leche made special for the food truck. Anmar Foods, of West Town, donated meats.

RELATED: ‘Nono’s Deli’ Food Truck To Serve Empanadas And More Near Shuttered Nini’s Deli — With Proceeds Benefiting Black, LGBTQ Charities

Nini’s Deli, 543 N. Noble St., closed permanently after owner Juan Riesco stood outside the restaurant and, for hours, repeated homophobic and anti-Black Lives Matter comments. 

In response, hundreds of protesters quickly gathered outside Nini’s and lingered throughout the weekend. Companies including Nike and Molly’s Cupcakes cut ties with Nini’s, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Riesco’s church, the Underground Church of Chicago — also known as Metro Praise International — engaged in illegal services during COVID-19 in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood. The church has taken an official stance of opposition to Black Lives Matter, according to Facebook posts

Credit: Jared Bobo / Provided
Jared Bobo, left, and Danny Espinoza will operate Nono’s Deli food truck this weekend in West Town.

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