About The Film
An affectionate homage to a beloved Chicago eatery and its magnetic namesake, BREAKFAST AT INA’S chronicles the final days of a restaurant as uniquely individual as its founder.
Against all odds, Ina Pinkney created a mini-empire of eateries that served generations of Chicagoans with delicious comfort food and a warm welcome to match. With her decreased mobility from post-polio syndrome, the daily routine of running her latest West Loop breakfast spot takes its toll. As the countdown to her retirement approaches, Ina recalls the genesis of her beloved restaurant and the private adversity that shaped her indomitable spirit. Coping with her childhood disability, the Brooklyn native faced further stigmatization after her interracial marriage during the civil rights tensions of the 1960s. Self-reliance and a passion for baking propelled her move into the restaurant business and realization of a dream to reinvent breakfast dining. Chicago filmmaker Mercedes Kane crosscuts Ina’s surprising biography with the loving accolades of food critics, longtime clientele and devoted employees, as the so-called Breakfast Queen herself presides over the dining room with a knowing smile.
BREAKFAST AT INA’S introduces an entrepreneur ahead of her time, who found a recipe for success in compassion, exacting standards and sheer willpower.