ANDERSONVILLE — Though Andersonville's Hopleaf Bar was a "Trump-free zone" on Friday's Inauguration Day, owners said it raised more than $2,300 for Planned Parenthood on what turned out to be its busiest day of business in 25 years.
The bar at 5148 N. Clark St. saw a constant 13-hour rush during the promotion, which also included donating 10 percent of drink sales to Planned Parenthood.
"In these times of tumult and rancor, I am grateful that everyone, regardless of their political leanings, was civil and courteous," owner Michael Roper wrote on the bar's Facebook page. "Many people pulled us aside and thanked us and we really, really appreciated that."
Because of the day's success, Hopleaf said it will continue holding fundraisers with proceeds going toward other organizations such as the Sierra Club, American Civil Liberties Union, The Union of Concerned Scientists, Alliance for the Great Lakes, local schools "and immigrant, LGBT, civil rights, and social justice and environmental advocacy groups over the next few months and years ... as long as it takes."
In the past, Hopleaf has held events to raise $20,000 for Helen C. Peirce Elementary School.
"We believe that doing good is good business," the Roper wrote on social media. "We also think that staying positive is better than going over to the dark side of name calling and hatefulness."